Match Funding

Match Funding

Here are some sources of match funding which you might like to investigate and apply for to help support your application:

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Asda Foundation – The Asda Foundation wants to have a strong reputation for managing, co-ordinating and delivering programmes which really make a significant difference to local communities and the people who live there.

Aviva Community Fund – The Aviva Community Fund opens for entries on 13 September 2016. Funding of up to £25,000 is available to projects that fit within 6 categories which includes the environment (projects that restore, protect, connect communities with and/or encourage the use of green spaces such as community parks, wildlife habitats and woodlands).

Awards for All Scotland – Awards for All Scotland offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that improve their communities.

Bank of Scotland Foundation – Independent charity supporting people and their local communities across Scotland. They receive an annual donation of £2m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund their Grants Programmes and Matched Giving Programme.

Climate Challenge Fund – The grants are to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust – Grants to help smaller community and voluntary organisations in Scotland’s coalfield communities deliver regeneration activities.

Co-op Local Community Fund – This grant is available to small charities or community groups benefiting their local areas.

Corra Foundation (formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland) – Currently offering four grant programmes: Henry Duncan Award; Partnership Drugs Initiative; International Development and The Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Creative Scotland – Creative Scotland distributes funding for the arts, screen and creative industries from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

Dobbies in the community – Help to local communities by fundraising and partnership; donating plants, gardening equipment and advice to help local community groups get growing.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – They fund across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change – as well as through their Food funding strand. They offer three types of support: grants, social investments and Grants Plus support.

EventScotland – working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. Through funding and developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.

Foundation Scotland – The Foundation is involved in administering approx £3M each year in community benefit funds from wind farms across Scotland.

Funding Scotland – Online funding database and valuable resource for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes.

Garfield Weston Foundation – Family-founded grant-making Trust that supports charities accross the UK.

Henry Smith Charity – Their Main Grants Programme is for Revenue grants of £10,000 a year and over.  Grants can be for up to three years for things like running costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs). Unlikely to make grants to organisations with income of  £5million or above.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Grants from £3,000 to over £5 million. In assessing applications, they take account of the outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.

Morrisons Foundation – Provides grants to support projects carried out by charities registered in the UK.

People’s Post Code Lottery – For registered charities (requires a number from OSCR or Charity Commission); SCIO; Constituted voluntary or community group; Social enterprise; Community interest company (CIC); Not-for-profit organisation; Local club or other constituted community group. Your organisation must be a registered charity if you wish to apply for over £2,000.

Plunkett Foundation – Helping communities to take control of their challenges and overcome them together. Supporting people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives that help them tackle issues ranging from isolation and loneliness to poverty.

Robertson Trust – Provides funding awards to charitable organisations operating in Scotland through their Open Grants awards.
They have three funding strands (Care & Wellbeing, Realising Potential, and Strengthening Communities) all of which have been developed in response to needs identified through consultation with the Third Sector.

Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year – Each store selects a Local Charity of the Year to partner with. Local charities should contact their nearer store for more details.

Santander Foundation – Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Scotmid Co-operative – Scotmid’s Community Grant scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland.

ScotRail Foundation – Until summer 2017, the ScotRail Foundation will distribute grants across three separate areas; Community Fund, Cultural and Arts Fund, and Employee Charitable Giving Fund.

Scottish Land Fund – Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.

Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) – LEADER sits within SRDP, you may wish to check whether your project would be eligible for one of the other grant schemes.

SENScot Noticeboard – Social Enterprise Network for Scotland’s funding noticeboard.

Sports Scotland – A selection of grant-giving programmes and other sources of funding for organisations involved in Scottish sport.

Social Investment Scotland – Social investment scotland is a charity and social enterprise that provides loans to other charities, social enterprises and community groups across scotland.

Tesco Bags of Help – Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

Triodos Bank – Provides flexible and tailored finance packages for charities and social enterprises that take into account your organisation’s individual circumstances, plans and ambitions.

Tudor Trust – Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. Particularly wants to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society.

Waitrose Community Matters – Open to UK-registered national charity.


East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Council – You can apply for a grant for a wide range of purposes as long as it is not for profit and brings benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire.



CVS Falkirk – Supports third sector organisations and provides monthly updates on funding sources.

Central Scotland Green Network – Since the CSGN launch in 2009, £5.3 million has been made available to support a range of partners to develop strategies, undertake feasibility studies and delivery projects on the ground.

Denny & District Community Fund – This fund has been established with community benefit provided by Wind Energy companies in Earlsburn, Kingsburn and Tod Hill. Grants between £500 – £10,000 are available and the fund is managed by Foundation Scotland.

Falkirk Council Funding – Community Grants, Community Schools Charity, European Funding, Youth Exchange Grant.

Falkirk Environment Trust – The FET Main Grants Scheme can make awards ranging between £2,000 and £50,000.

Funding Search Database – The funding database can help identify funding which your organisation may be eligible for.


North Lanarkshire

The Bairdwatson Charitable Trust – Provides grants to registered charities in Scotland for work relating to training for employment, employment support and vocational skills. It is particularly interested in employment and skills training for young people who are unemployed, and in re-training and support for unemployed people to get them back into work. The Trust may also fund organisations which are not registered charities but which carry out charitable work. These might include social enterprises and similar community organisations.

North Lanarkshire Council – Community grants and funding.