Localities Bid Fund

General FAQs

What is the Localities Bid Fund all about?

We have allocated a total of £500k to a pilot Localities Bid Fund across the Scottish Borders. The Fund was designed to support community projects and initiatives across the Borders that address local priorities and benefit your community. The Fund was split across the five area partnerships and support community activities decided by a public vote. The first round has already taken place and approximately £204k is in the process of being awarded to communities within the Scottish Borders. 

How much is available in each area?

The balance of £296k is split across each area as follows:

  • Berwickshire: £48,374.30
  • Cheviot: £50,568.20
  • Eildon: £119,802.30
  • Teviot and Liddesdale: £40,080.30
  • Tweeddale: £61,416.20

How much can my project bid for?

  • non-constituted groups can bid for up to £5k
  • constituted groups can bid for up to £15k

What do you mean by constituted and non-constituted?

A constitution is a written agreement of what a group is going to do and how they will do it. In basic terms, a constitution is simply a set of written rules, effectively the instruction manual, or an agreement governing the aims of the organisation, how it will be run and how the members will work together. The group is run on a voluntary basis and is set up as an organisation in its own right with a management committee, constitution and its own bank account.

What won't LBF2 fund?

LBF2 will not fund:

  • trips abroad
  • activities which only benefit individuals
  • organisations who aim to make a profit
  • political or religious activities
  • any retrospective costs already incurred by the applicant
  • projects that disadvantage any groups or individuals in the community
  • public sector provision that is required by statute (law)
  • payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities, including schools, for example projects that take place in school, during school hours and/or only for the benefit of the pupils will not be considered. PTAs/Parent Councils can apply, but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit outwith the school
  • projects not aligned to us and/or Community Planning Partnership policies, strategies and priorities
  • applications from groups based outwith the Scottish Borders

A maximum of 50% of your application costs can be used for staffing/salary/consultants/external trainers, but cannot be used to fund core staffing activity/time.

If your idea or project is not supported by the Localities Bid Fund please get in touch with us as there may be more appropriate funding.

What is to stop the larger towns winning all of the votes?

In the first round of the Localities Bid fund we found that the projects that had undertaken a lot of marketing/campaigning in the area were successful irrespective of the size of their town/village.

Is this fund to replace Council Services?

No, we are looking to give communities the opportunity to identify and deliver projects that are important to them in their local community.

How is this different from the Community Grant Scheme or other SBC Community grant funds?

The Localities Bid Fund is very different from any other community grant funds in that the process is Participatory Budgeting, which means the public will vote and therefore ultimately decide on whom the funding is allocated to. It is our job to engage communities, increase their awareness of the fund and help them to see that it's an exciting, new process which ultimately allows them to decide what they want.

How can I find out more about the Localities Bid Fund?

More information is available on our website.

If my bid is unsuccessful at the Community Vote will there be other options for funding?

Yes, if you still wish to pursue your project you can discuss further options with the Communities and Partnerships Team

Further Information

Further information is available: