Advice and Information Funders

Funder Amount Closing Date Status
Help the Homeless Small: Up to £10,000 15 Mar 2017 Open Help the Homeless provides a grant scheme to support small and medium-sized UK charities that work to help homeless people rebuild their lives, re-enter society and live a normal life. Funding is targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter. Small and medium-sized registered charities with a turnover of under £1 million per annum can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The scheme will principally fund capital costs, but may consider revenue costs if necessary to the project. Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.
(Social Economy Growth Fund) Not Specified 17 Feb 2017 Closed The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. Organisations applying are expected to: •support people to move into better paid employment •increase household income •improve people's skills •empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves   Full details including eligibility criteria and the application process are available from https://beta.gov.scot/publications/social-economy-growth-fund-guidance/ The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 February.
Big Lotter Fund - improving lives - Medium Medium: Up to £100,000 Open Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and we want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient. We want to fund activity that means people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. For applications up to £150,000 you only need to fill in a single application form. If you are applying for between £150,000 and £1 million there is a different form and two stage process. To get an application form or to discuss what you're planning, contact our Scotland Advice Team on 0300 123 7110 or advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk      
Esmée Fairbairn - Young People Leaving Care Not Specified Open 10,000 young people aged over 16 leave care each year in the UK, a third before their 18th birthday, compared to the general population where 50% are still living with their parents at 24. A half of care-leavers believe they are made to do so too early and say they receive very poor preparation and support for the challenges of adult life. In response to this, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will spend over £2 million a year for at least five years to support young people leaving care to sustain healthy relationships and to receive more consistent and high quality support from the state. The aim is to: Ensure care leavers are more easily able to form healthy relationships that help them make a successful transition to adulthood. Ensure young people leaving care receive a consistently high standard of statutory support that has been informed by their views. Through funding and non-financial support, the Foundation wishes to see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence. Funding is available to support charitable work in the following areas: Work that develops long lasting, supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care. Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services. There is no minimum or maximum level of grant and no specified length of time for funding. In 2015, the Foundation's median average grant was £100,000 over three years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but requests for social investments will be considered. Applications are accepted from organisations carrying out charitable work to support young care leavers. The Foundation provides funding for a range of organisations, but in practice the majority or organisations funded will be registered charities or non-profit organisations. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Nuffield Foundation - Law In Society Grant Programme Large: Over £100,000 10 Oct 2017 Open This Scheme provides funding for not-for profit organisations to support self- contained research or developmental projects based in the UK which meet a practical or policy need within the field of the civil justice system and the theme of access to justice
Robertson Trust Not Specified Open The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on, Scotland.   the organisation has 3 Funding Strands   1. Care and wellbeing 2. Strenghening Communities 3 Realising Potential and its outcomes are Improved confidence & self-esteem Increased inclusion Improved Skills and Knowledge Improved Health and Well-being  
The Benevolent Fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open This scheme helps young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants up to £15,000 are available for registered charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £250,000 The fund prefers to help new projects in the early stages and, in particular, innovatory projects which could act as a model for similar work elsewhere. the priorities of the fund are to help: Helping disadvantaged young people; and offenders and ex-offenders particularly those under 30 years of age. Small organisations and charities that offer direct services are preferred. further information is avalible by contacting the fund on 0207606, email them at charity@weavers.org.uk or access their website via the link below.  
The Good Neighbour Fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), together with its main contractors Ferrovial Lagan and Amey, is launching The Good Neighbour Fund, a new funding initiative set up to give something back to local communities in close proximity to the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project. Through The Good Neighbour Fund, SRP has allocated £15,000 for 2016 / 2017 to support local groups, organisations and charities that meet the funding criteria and is now inviting applications for grants of up to £500. Organisations eligible for funding should encourage education and skills development, support a local community initiative or charity, or have environmental benefits. All applications will be considered on an individual basis. For an application form, please email: info@scotroadspartnership.co.uk.
The Volunteering Support Fund Small: Up to £10,000 14 Jul 2017 Open Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 are now available to small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations (with an annual income of under £250,000) working in Scotland. The Volunteering Support Fund supports organisations to recruit additional volunteers (who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one) and improve how volunteers are supported in their role. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following outcomes during the 8 month funding period: Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include those who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering; Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.  Who can apply? Third sector organisations with an annual income of under £250,000. Organisations do not need to be registered charities, although their constitution or set of rules should make clear that funds will only be spent on purposes established in the constitution, and not distributed amongst members;  Organisations that have never applied to the Volunteering Support Fund before, or that received a grant during 2016-17 but not during the previous year 2015-2016 (ie over two consecutive years).  Organisations that are able to start their project within 10 days of being awarded funding. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Fri 14 July 2017 and the period of the grant will be from 1 Aug 2017 to 30 March 2018. http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/volunteering-development-grants/
Volant Charitable Trust Small: Up to £10,000 Open This trust was set up by the author J K Rowling to support charitable causes. Foundation Scotland works with the Volant charitable Trust to make awards of up to £10,000 per annum on its behalf to charities and community groups in Scotland. The fund's primary focus is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. Projects must tackle serious issues and help people to turn their lives around are given priority. Trustees meet twice a year, in March and September.