Grant funding for community projects

If you are a non-profit making voluntary/community group based in the Scottish Borders, we can help you to apply for grant funding to fund your community project.  

Getting started

To be able to apply for grants you should:

  • be a voluntary/community group with a minimum of three members
  • have a group constitution
  • produce independently examined accounts annually (or be able to provide an estimate of income/expenditure for the first 12 months of operation)
  • have a bank account in your group's name

Projects need to be properly planned and fully costed out before you can apply for grant funding. Download a project plan to help you plan your project well.

Funding is split into two categories: 

  • funding available from us
  • external funding

External Funding

External funders provide a large amount of funding towards community projects in the area. There are a variety of sources who can offer financial assistance for small or large scale projects. Each funder has its own set priorities and criteria and it is important to investigate which funders are most appropriate for your particular project.

Links to some of the main funders are listed below but there are also many UK Trusts/Foundations who also offer funding.

There are also organisations who research and provide up to date lists of funders and a wider variety of funding sources can be viewed from the links below:

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a relatively new way to raise money for your community project. Funding from grant funders alone can be difficult to raise and crowdfunding works for all ideas whether large or small. 

Crowdfunding enables small amounts of money to be contributed by a large number of people over the internet.

You can create your own crowdfunding page giving details of your project, why you want to do it and what you need to make it happen. You can then use social media such as Facebook or more traditional networks to begin to raise funds.   

Supporters can pledge money or make donations to help you reach your target and you can choose to offer rewards for their support if you choose.

Funding which we provide

We provide local fundng but can also assist you to secure funding from external sources. This helps to maximise the amount of funding for project development in the Scottish Borders whilst extending the availability of local funds for those groups most in need. 

Local funding currently includes:

Help with your application

We can give you advice and assist with applications to local and lottery funding streams. 

Your local Council for Voluntary Service (now known as 'The Bridge' or Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service) has a complete list of live UK Trusts/Foundations. They will be happy to help you locate appropriate funds from these sources as well as assist with the application process.  They can also provide you with constitutional and operational advice if you are not formally set up at present.