Community Fund

Our Community Fund provides support to voluntary and community groups that are active within their communities, and assistance to communities or interest groups with the development of community based projects.

The scheme is divided up between each of the five Area Partnerships (Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale and Tweeddale), with an amount set aside for Borders-wide projects.

Basic details

  • grants are available up to a maximum of £5,000 for non-constituted groups and £10,000 for constituted groups available
  • in exceptional cases up to £30,000 for constituted groups
  • a Fast Track application is available for funding requests of £1,500 or below
  • decisions on funding requests of more than £1,500 are made at Area Partnership meetings
  • 10% organisational financial contribution required for requests of £500 and over
  • applications need to be submitted well in advance of project start dates
  • your group should also check other possible funding sources before applying e.g. National Lottery Community Fund

Group set up

To be able to apply for funding over £5,000 your group should:

  • be fully constituted with a minimum of 3 members
  • have a bank or building society account in the group's name
  • have independently approved annual accounts (new groups should be able to provide a 12 month estimate of income and expenditure)
  • be committed to equality for all


Your group's activities should benefit the well-being of the Borders people and your project should meet one of the following:

  • communities have more access to better quality local services or activities (including arts, music, heritage or sports activities)
  • communities have more access to a better quality environment (including the built environment)
  • communities have more pride in their community
  • communities have more access to better quality advice and information
  • more local groups or services are better supported to recover from financial difficulty

 Application form and guidance notes

Please ensure you have read the guidance notes before completing an application form:

Community Fund application form (for projects requesting more than £1,500)

Fast Track application form (for projects requesting £1,500 or less)

Previous awards

View the awards our Community Grant Scheme made from 2014-2017.

If you would like more information please contact our Communities and Partnerships team online.