STP’s Valuable Funding Finder June 2020

STP’s Valuable Funding Finder June 2020

Thank you to Scotland’s Town’s Partnership for this valuable funding finder. Please note some newly added funds may have deadlines approaching.


Deadline Approaching

  • COVID-19 – Towns and BIDs Resilience and Recovery Fund |total fund £1m | 24 July
  • COVID-19 – Edge Foundation Post COVID-19 Revival Fund | £10k – £50k  9 July
  • COVID-19 – Baring Foundation – Strengthening Civil Society (Supporting Legal Action Related to COVID-19)| up to £40,000 | 11 August
  • COVID-19 – National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund | total fund £50m | 31 July
  • COVID-19 – Bank of Scotland Foundation Reach Programme | N/A |  15 July
  • COVID-19 – Vulnerable to Impact of Coronavirus Crisis | up to £15,000 | 21 August
  • COVID-19 –  Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund Bereavement | max £10,000 |31 July
  • Regeneration – Sustrans Scotland – Pocket Places Scotland | max £20,000 | 31 July
  • Regeneration – Architectural Heritage Fund – Project Viability Grant | max £10,000 | 31 July
  • Regeneration – Architectural Heritage Fund – Project Development Grant | maximum £40,000 | 31 July
  • Regeneration – Architectural Heritage Fund – William Grant Foundation Tailored Support Fund | maximum £10,000 | 31 July
  • Environment – Viridor Credits Environmental Company – Scottish Landfill Communities Fund | up to £25,000 |  31st July
  • Environment – Zero Waste Scotland – Circular Economy Fund | £20,000-£1,000,000 | 14 August
  • Environment – Vegware Community Fund | £20 – £200 | 30 July
  • Healthy Towns – Sustrans Scotland Places for Everyone | N/A | 14 August
  • Healthy Towns – Postcode  Community Trust | £500-£20,000 | 18 August
  • Innovation and Growth – Movement for Good | total £50,000 | 24 July
  • Community – Stirling Council Community Pride Fund | £100-£1,500 | 18 August
  • Community – The Awesome Foundation Glasgow | £3,000 annually |  14 August
  • Community – Hugh Fraser Foundation | average £4021 | 31 July
  • Community – Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Fund | £10,000 | 14 August


Newly Added Funds

  • COVID-19 – Children in Need Booster Grants |up to £5,000 |N/A
  • Healthy Towns – Aldi Sport Find – The Lothians and Scottish Borders | up to £2,500 | 28 September
  • Healthy Towns – The Sportsman’s Charity | total awarded annually £64,000 | N/A
  • Healthy Towns – Western Isles Council Sport and Games Grant | N/A | N/A
  • Culture and Arts – Postcode  Community Trust | £500-£20,000 | 18 August
  • Culture and Arts – Dunard Fund | £5m annually | any time
  • Culture and Arts – Henry Moore Foundation | up to £30,000 | N/A
  • Employment and Training – Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust – Main Grant Programme | £5,000-£10,000 |  3 September
  • Community – Dundee City Council – Holiday Diversionary Programme  N/A
  • Community –  East Ayrshire – Community Grants to local organisations | max £3,000/total £80,000 | 30 September
  • Community – Aberdeenshire Council – Kincardine and Mearns Area Community Budget | £8,000| N/A
  • Community  – Foundation Scotland – Denny & District Community Fund | £250 – £10,000 | 10 September
  • Community – Highlands and Islands Enterprise Maximising Community Assets| N/A | N/A
  • Community – SFAD – The Family Recovery Initiative Fund | max £1,500 | N/A
  • Community – The Truemark Trust | N/A | N/A

See the full funding  finder here: Funding Finder June 2020

For more information on Scotland’s Town’s Partnership visit their website here.

FSEN Meeting 5th June 2020

FSEN Meeting 5th June 2020

Our first ever FSEN Virtual Meeting took place on 5th June on Zoom and it was great to see some faces that haven’t been able to ever make the networking meetings. We were there to learn some new things and to share our experiences of the pandemic and how it has affected our social enterprises as well as look to what we will need support with going forward as we come out of lockdown.

We recorded the meeting for those of you who couldn’t attend, here it is:

Just Enterprise – FREE 1-2-1 support for your social enterprise




Visit their website here.

Scottish Tech Army – offering FREE tech solutions to get you through the crisis. Find out more here. FSEN presentation Scottish Tech Army

Social Shifters – FREE spaces being offered in their Circles programme, get the the details here: Social Shifters

Living Wage – good to hear that organisations are still signing up. View the full presentation here: FSEN_5thJune2020_LivingWage

Senscot – Re-Set report. Definitely worth a read. Find out what the rest of Scotland did in response to the immediate challenges of Covid19 and what future support they need. Download the report here: Report-SE-Reset-1

If you have a building with a RATEABLE value, even if you get rate relief, you can apply for Fife Council’s COVID19 Fund so make sure you don’t miss out!

Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Report April 2020

Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Report April 2020

Since February 2020, the world has been knocked sideways by COVID-19. Public finances are stretched. Social enterprise has never been so needed – and never under so much pressure. As some have been forced to close or dramatically alter their operations, others have had to step up and scale up to meet demand for healthcare and crucial supplies. This report sets out findings from initial data from SEUK members and social enterprises 1 more widely that tells what has happened since the crisis hit.

Social Enterprise UK have published their Social Enterprise and COVID-19 Report for April 2020 find it here.

Valuable Coronavirus funding options

Valuable Coronavirus funding options


Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF has launched a rapid response Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for organisations with an income of less than £1 million. The Fund can cover core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas to help organisations to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online application form on the website.



Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups which fall within their programme areas.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Complete the eligibility quiz on the website.



Corona Virus Rapid Response Fund

This scheme is a rapid response by William Grant Foundation, National Lottery Community Fund and Faith in Community (Scotland) FiCS so that Scotland’s faith group network can support people to maintain safe connections with loved ones during covid19.

Further information, guidance and application forms are available via the link below (Please check as this fund could be closed as it had limited funds)



Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
  • A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers.
  • The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.



Crisis: Emergency Grants Fund

Crisis have opened an emergency grants fund for organisations supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Grants will support organisations that are experiencing funding difficulties, additional expenditure or increased service demand due to coronavirus.

Organisations can apply for small grants of up to £5,000 or larger awards up to £50,000.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Application form available from website



Faith in Community Scotland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund

The Fund (initially £100,000) has been established by the William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund so that Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19. Grants of a few hundred pounds are available to faith based charities registered in Scotland.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online application form on the website.



Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has set up a £50 million fund for heritage organisations across the UK. Grants will be between £3,000 and £50,000 with priority given where heritage is most at risk, an organisation is at risk of financial crisis due to coronavirus, or there is limited access to other sources of support.

How to Apply: Details to be announced



Leathersellers’ Company

A small grants programme with grants of up to £3,000 has been set up for registered charities who are working in the following areas:

  • The homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
  • Provision of food and essential supplies
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Nursing care to vulnerable patients

Deadline: 11 May 2020 but apply as soon as possible. Applications will reopen in August 2020 with new priorities.
How to Apply: Online via website.



National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund have decided that all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as they can, so that they can get money to where it needs to be. You can read their update via the link below.

The Community Fund programmes in Scotland are:



Princes Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of coronavirus. Grants of up to £2,500 are intended for costs outside of normal expenditure and are available for projects starting in the next six months.

Deadline: 12 noon on 15 April 2020 but apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online via website



Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus Fund

Standard life Foundation is making funding available for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Work should address specific challenges and help to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes.

Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts and the new funding stream will be a fast track process.

Deadline: No deadline but apply as soon as possible as applications will be closed once they have funded a number of project which they believe can make a difference.
How to Apply: Submit one page outline to

Link: None given


Saint Nicholas Care Fund

Offers small grants to organisations that support disadvantaged communities based in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Grants of up to £5,000 can cover a wide range range of activities but must be for a one-off project. They have a preference for small community based initiatives based around the principles of volunteerism and self help.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Application form and full guidance available from the website.



Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new short-term fund to support organisational need in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand. Grants of £500 are available.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online via website.



The Third Sector Resilience Fund

This scheme will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services during this difficult period



Youth Scotland Action Fund

Youth Scotland’s Action Fund has been established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the coronavirus. It is a micro grant fund and the maximum amount available per application is £500. Grants must be spent within six weeks of receiving it.

Deadline: No deadlines and applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis.
How to Apply: Application form on website and send via email to


Important announcement from the FSEN Board

Important announcement from the FSEN Board

Following on from my announcement at the last meeting I can indeed confirm that the FSEN as a membership organisation will continue after 1st April 2020. However, I must announce that the additional 1-2-1 support previously being provided by BRAG will now no longer be available.

Before I outline the next steps I think It’s important to appreciate that the support previously being provided by BRAG (which included the running of the FSEN) was kindly being funded by Fife Council through its Business Gateway arm. Sadly with other pressures and with the government supporting a move to mainstreaming of all business support services they were struggling to justify its continuing. I think it’s appropriate to thank both Pam Stevenson and Graham Ferguson at Economic Development for their continued support given its one of very few councils that was putting money into SE support. After the announcement from the council back in December I communicated with the Third sector Unit at Scottish Government, our local TSI as well as CEIS (who have the Just Enterprise contract) to see if the support being provided by BRAG could continue in some way. Sadly we were unable to do so. That said, we have collected all your letters of support and we will pass them to the third sector unit with a hope that it shapes their thinking around real local delivery in the future.


Next Steps for FSEN

So what now? Well, thanks to a small legacy payment from Fife Council and a few thousand we had in the bank the FSEN meetings will still all take place and Sue is still going to be organising things. It’s just that we won’t be able to provide the 1-2-1 support that she once did. Please, don’t be tempted to ask her for more as she only has one day a week available now and I know with her passion she will want to do more for you probably all in her own time.

In essence we will now be directing you all to the help being provided by Fife Voluntary Action, Business Gateway and Just Enterprise. It’s clearly not good timing given the coronavirus outbreak and it’s going to be a real shift for us all but we will come through it I’m sure and I would ask that you adapt to this change. To help monitor support we have agreed that Sue will now send out regular surveys to everyone on their experiences so as to provide constructive comments to the providers.

Finally I would like to pay tribute to Sue who like Pedro before her has shown a real passion for Social Enterprise and is a true champion of the cause. Sue will still be working within BRAG and we will be working on a number of new projects that you will be made aware of as time progresses.
Good luck and I’ll see you all when we can when life returns to normal.

Brian Robertson-Fern (Chair)