Sources of Funding

Climate Challenge Fund

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020. Funding available in 2018/19 will also include a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund.*

The CCF is a Scottish Government grants programme managed and administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.
To date, the CCF has awarded grants totalling £85.8 million - supporting a range of successful projects, including energy efficiency improvements to community-owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options and community growing initiatives, plus schemes that help reduce waste and move Scotland further towards a more circular economy.

Climate Challenge Fund Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects - with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder.
The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 5pm on 28 August 2017. Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly until further notice.


Scottish Government Aspiring Communities Fund

The Scottish Government's new two year £18.9 million Aspiring Communities Fund is currently inviting applications for the first funding round. The funding round closes on the 7th April 2017. For further information, including guidance notes and application forms, please see the Scottish Government website.

Sustrans Scotland Community Links Programme 

Providing grant funding for cycling and walking projects since 2010, the Community Links Programme has funded over 700 projects. Around £19 million is available for those who meet the criteria and round 1 of the 2017 programme opens to applications on 24th February. For further information and application details, please visit the Sustans Website

Creative Scotland Regular Funding Programme 2018-2021

Regular funding is one of Creative Scotland's three routes to funding for arts, screen and creative organisations. Regular Funding supports a breadth and range of arts and creative organisations and sustainable environments through which artists and creative people can deepen and deliver their work, their engagement with the public, and their professional networks. 

The first round of Regular Funding is now supporting a portfolio of 118 organisations receiving Regular Funding for 2015-2018. The minimum amount you can apply for will £150k over three years per organisation/consortium. The closing date for applications is 3rd April 2017. The guidance and forms are published on the Creative Scotland website

VisitScotland Growth Fund

VisitScotland Growth Fund is designed to assist the tourism industry in reaching the ambitious 50% growth target by 2015 and to further cement Scotland's reputation as a world class destination.

VisitScotland have made some key changes to the Growth Fund’s process, criteria and delivery. Key changes of note include:

There are no longer formal application deadlines for groups to work towards; the application process is now an ongoing rolling process which will ensure that groups receive an outcome to their application within 40 days. This allows you to take the time you require to develop a strong application for strategic activity.

The process and related paperwork has been streamlined and simplified

The fund will focus on establishing more formalised partnership working with other public sector agencies to ensure greater alignment with local priorities

The fund will be delivered by a specialist Growth Fund team

Details of the fund can now be accessed via

Historic Scotland - "Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology" 

Historic Scotland provides a number of grant and funding schemes to support bodies and individuals in the protection, education and promotion of the historic environment.

Details of their funding programmes can be found by clicking here.


Heritage Lottery Fund - Scotland

For more information click here.

Derelict Land Fund

The fund is intended to create jobs, promote sustainable environmental policies, improve the quality of life for communities in the Highlands and stimulate economic growth - a key plank of Scottish Government policy. For more information click here

BIG Lottery Fund - Scotland

For more details on the BIG Lottery Fund in Scotland click here.

For more information on BIG Lottery Funder Finder click here.

Growing Community Assets - Scotland (BIG Lottery)

Helping local communities become stronger and more sustainable by acquiring and developing land and buildings. For more information click here.


Foundation Scotland

Funders work together in Scotland throught the Scotland Funders Forum. To view a comprehensive list of other funders avilable in Scotland click here