National Events Programme (Scotland)
EventScotland has reopened applications for funding to support the recovery of Scotland’s tourism and events industry in 2022.
The programme will support the development and delivery of live sporting and cultural events taking place outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh. It will support events which help drive domestic tourism and showcase Scotland as the ‘perfect stage’ for events. Awards of between £2,000 and £4,000 are available for eligible organisers of community-focused events with overall delivery budgets of between £8,000 and £20,000 and attracting a minimum of 500 in-person attendees.
Larger scale events which support the wider visitor economy and can demonstrate alignment with the national events strategy will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £25,000. These events will have delivery budgets in excess of £20,000 and attract more than 1,000 in-person attendees.
The programme is open to public facing cultural and sporting events that take place in a live format. Applications must be made by legally constituted organisations and endorsed and/or supported by the relevant local authority. They must have the capacity to further develop and grow in terms of audience, spectator and participant numbers or media profile. Events must take place in Scotland, outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow local authority areas in 2022.
There are two deadlines for applications this year.
- For events taking place from 1 April to 31 August 2022 the deadline is 11 February 2022.
- For those taking place from 1 September to 31 December 2022 the deadline is 6 April 2022.
Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
UK and Ireland playwrights can enter unperformed plays or a chance to win cash prizes.
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays for chance to win a financial prize.
All plays are submitted anonymously and will be read by an expert panel of readers appointed by the Royal Exchange Theatre. The final panel of readers, including key artistic staff from the Royal Exchange Theatre, will compile a shortlist of plays for the Judges to consider. Plays must be original, unperformed and unproduced pieces of work. They must be an hour-long or more in playing time.
The 2022 prize fund totals £40,000. The following prizes will be awarded:
- The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – a first prize of £16,000.
- A Judges’ Award of £8,000.
- An International Award of £8,000.
- The North West Original New Voice Award and Residency. This year the winner must be based in the North West of England and must not have had a full-length play professionally produced for 12 performances or more in a professional venue. In addition to winning £8,000, winners will also access an additional £10,000 fund dedicated to their professional development at the Royal Exchange Theatre during a bespoke one year residency.
The programme is open to writers in the UK and Ireland who are aged 16 and over.
The deadline for applications is 6 June 2022 (18:00 GMT).
Pedal for Scotland Grant Funding
Pedal for Scotland events are free to enter, inclusive and non-competitive.
These events help make cycling accessible to more people across Scotland, with a particular focus on families and people new to cycling by providing a safe and fun environment.
Community organisations can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to organise beginner-friendly, local cycling events in 2022.
Two grants are available
- Up to £10,000 for Pedal for Scotland events with 250+ participants, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland
- Up to £1,000 for community cycling events with 50 – 250 participants, delivered independently.
The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 28 February 2022.
Year of Stories 2022 – Community Stories Fund
Organisations and groups working with communities can apply for up to £5000 to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, with new, creative events, activities and programming, spotlighting stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland.
Applicants are invited to respond to any of the five, cross cutting Year of Stories 2022 programme strands:
- Iconic stories and storytellers
- New stories
- Scotland’s people and places
- Local tales and legends
- Inspired by nature
Next deadline: 18th March 2022
Real Farming Trust – Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (LEAP)
A national programme is accepting applications.
A blend of loan finance and grant funding is available to cooperatives, social enterprises and community businesses working in the UK’s agriculture and food production sector to support and develop their work, helping to increase their social impact.
The Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (LEAP) forms part of the Funding Enlightened Agriculture (FEA) initiative provided by the Real Farming Trust. The programme is accepting applications from community-based food and farming enterprises in the United Kingdom.
Priority will be given to organisations with the following ownership/governance structures:
- Community Interest Companies.
- Community Benefit Societies.
- Cooperative Societies.
- Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
The programme offers a blend of affordable loans and grants, together with business advice and support.
- Unsecured loans for a 5-year term.
- For amounts of between £20,000 and £100,000.
- Can be used for capital or revenue costs.
- Interest rate of 5%, calculated on a declining balance, equal instalments basis.
- One-off administration fee, charged at 2% of the loan amount.
Together with a loan, applicants will be offered a grant at 18% of the loan amount.
By providing a grant with the loan the programme seeks to alleviate the administrative burden and free up the organisation to concentrate on impact delivery and long-term sustainability.
Applications may be made at any time.
Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe – Archives and Libraries Programme
Charitable and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to protect, preserve, and enable better access to Jewish archival and library collections in Europe.
The Rothschild Foundation is offering several grants to charitable organisations to undertake conservation, preservation, and digitisation projects relating to Jewish archival and library collections across Europe. The Archives and Libraries programme consists of several grants that will enable organisations to protect and preserve Jewish archival and library material, increase access to documents that will enhance future academic research in European Jewish history and culture, and encourage people to engage with communal documentary heritage.
The following grants are available:
- Conservation and Preservation – Projects that focus on the long-term protection and preservation of specific collections and the treatment and repair of specific items.
- Inventories and Cataloguing – Support for the creation of an accurate inventory or catalogue for a collection.
- Digital Resource Creation and Digital Humanities:
- Digital Resource Creation – Support for the digitisation, transcription, and accessibility of Jewish archival or library material and the creation of accompanying metadata.
- Digital Humanities – Projects that employ digital humanities tools and methods to conduct original research with Jewish archival and library collections.
- Professional Training – Support for all levels of staff, including archivists, librarians, conservators and photographers.
- Professional Development Language – Support for professionals for online courses in a Jewish language, such as Yiddish or Judeo-Spanish.
Most grants in this programme range between £15,000 and £40,000 per year for a maximum of three years.
Language grants are for up to £2,000 and applications should be submitted by the end of February, April, or June 2022.
The application deadline for archives and libraries grants is 25 April 2022.
The Tech Lending Community Fund
Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 have launched a new campaign to provide tablets and free data to community organisations working with temporary accommodation services to tackle digital exclusion and reduce e-waste.
Grants of between £50,000 and £120,000 are available for not-for-profit, constituted organisations that work closely with temporary accommodation services to establish or further develop Tech Lending Hubs across the United Kingdom.
Through the Tech Lending Community Fund, a total of £400,000 has been made available to tackle digital exclusion among people in temporary accommodation services, such as centres for refugees, housing for those at risk of homelessness, or women’s refuges, and to help reduce e-waste by repurposing refurbished tablets.
Funding can be used to:
- Oversee and manage a lending scheme that is integrated into existing support activities and that ensures data and devices reach people in temporary accommodation.
- Create a network of local organisations providing temporary accommodation that can integrate lending schemes into existing support activities.
- Distribute refurbished devices that will be supplied by Hubbub through Reconome and funded through the grant.
- Establish a monitoring and evaluation process allowing Hubs and community groups to measure impact against agreed outcomes.
- Be an active participant in the Tech Lending Community by sharing information, supporting other groups, and providing evidence/stories to support press-related and social media activities.
- Develop a long-term plan that builds a legacy, impact, and financial resilience.
Applicants have flexibility on what costs can be covered within the grant, including administrative and staff costs if required.
Not-for-profit, constituted organisations that are registered in the UK can apply. This includes, but is not limited to, local authorities, charities, community interest companies, and social enterprises.
The deadline for applications is 1 March 2022.
Jordan Sinnott Foundation Trust
Grants are available to clubs, community groups or teams in the UK to encourage vulnerable and underprivileged children and young adults to get active and enjoy taking part in sport.
The Jordan Sinnott Foundation Trust provide grants to clubs, community groups and teams to support vulnerable and underprivileged children and young adults aged 5-21 years to access healthy recreation and sport so they can develop their capabilities and achieve their potential.
Applications are accepted from clubs, community groups and teams in the UK.
The Trust prioritises applications that are for those that are vulnerable, underprivileged, especially those challenged by abuse; addiction; those who are young carers; those who find themselves in transition and those without a place to call home.
Grants are to enable organisations to build capacity; achieve sustainability; increase their reach and support and develop their vision and can be used for the following:
- Purchasing sports equipment, kit and gear.
- Transport costs.
- Club membership.
- Sports specific coaching education/training.
The following grants are available:
- Individual grants of up to £2,000.
- Clubs/groups or teams – grants of up to £5,000.
Applications can be made at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Sea Changers Grant Programme
Grants of up to £2,500 are available for UK-based not-for-profit organisations to address marine conservation and environmental protection.
Marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working in the United Kingdom can now apply for up to £2,500 for projects that address marine conservation issues and help protect UK coastal and marine environments/species. Sea-Changer’s Main and Small Grants Programmes are available for projects that tackle at least one of the following objectives:
- To address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.
- To prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species.
- To add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK.
There are two levels of funding available:
- Small Grants programme – Up to £500.
- Main Grants programme – Between £500 and £2,500.
Groups that seek to address the impacts of marine plastic pollution can apply to the Tackling Ocean Plastics Fund through either the small or large grants programme.
There is particular interest in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which increase the number of people acting for marine conservation.
Applications for small grants are accepted at any time and reviewed regularly. Large grant applications are considered twice a year.
The next application deadline for large grants is 31 March 2022.
Funding to support forcibly displaced people and their host communities to respond and adapt to climate change.
Established by Tony Clark in 1970, the JAC Trust is committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people whilst also promoting environmental recovery and protection.
Three-year grants of up to £60,000 in total are available for projects which:
- Deliver tangible improvements in the quality of life of the people with whom the Trust works.
- Have a positive impact on the natural environment (protection or restoration).
- Focus on one forcibly displaced people and their host communities.
Preference will be given to proposals that foster, or already demonstrate, a positive engagement between displaced people and their host communities. Registered non-profit organisations based in the UK or abroad may apply, providing they have an annual income of less than £10 million and can demonstrate a strong link to the communities they serve.
The deadline to apply is 14 March 2022.
Rewilding Britain – Rewilding Innovation Fund
Funding to Support Community Rewilding Projects Across Britain
Community groups, public, and private landowners in England, Scotland, and Wales can apply for funding to develop or scale-up rewilding projects on land or at sea.
Rewilding Britain is offering grants of up to £15,000 to help foster new and ambitious rewilding projects, or scale-up pre-existing projects, across Britain. The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support rewilding projects on land and at sea, at a scale of more than 40 hectares, that adhere to Rewilding Britain’s rewilding principles.
This is the first of three rounds of funding for 2022. In this round, the focus is on community engagement in rewilding, and priority will be given to projects that are:
- Following community ownership models.
- Implementing community co-design.
- Developing the health benefits of rewilding, such as social prescribing.
Examples of potential projects include:
- Business plans and strategies.
- Community engagement activities or co-design.
- Feasibility studies.
- Technological innovations.
Funding can cover costs such as direct interventions, or any expertise that a project requires. Priority will be given to applicants who are taking an innovative approach to land and marine rewilding and can help develop learning and evidence for others within the Rewilding Network.
There is a two-stage application process, and applicants must first become a member of the Rewilding Network before submitting a full application.
The deadline for this round of applications is 31 March 2022.
The Agnes Hunter Trust – Deadline Approaching for Funding to Assist Disabled People in Scotland
Registered charities in Scotland have until 24 February to apply for funding for projects that deliver key services to disabled and disadvantaged individuals.
The Agnes Hunter Trust is offering grants of between £3,000 and £15,000 for charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to deliver key services to disabled and disadvantaged people, removing barriers that restrict life choices and enabling people to lead fulfilling lives.
Funding is for projects that fall within one of the Trust’s two priority areas:
- Helping disabled people, including but not limited to people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, specific types of cancer, cerebral palsy, autism, or visual and physical impairments.
- Assisting with the education and training of disadvantaged people aged 16 or over who have left school, including people whose life experiences or environment have denied them opportunities to develop the skills needed to support themselves.
Priority will be given to services or projects that focus on:
- Self-management and awareness.
- Advice, support, and information.
- Life-skills training.
- Employability, particularly concerning IT, literacy, and numeracy.
- Helping people participate and contribute to their community.
Funding is for organisations with an annual income of less than £2.5 million. Priority will be given to smaller charities with a strong local community presence, causes that do not have a strong public profile (including start-up organisations), and innovative or pilot projects.
There are two application rounds per year, with trustees meeting in May/June and November to consider applications.
The deadline for the first round of funding for 2022 is 24 February.
KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme
Funding is available for charities and grassroots community groups and associations to support young people aged 11-25 years old in communities where KFC restaurants are located.
Grants of up to £2,000 are available for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000, to help young people in communities where KFC restaurants are located. The Community Grants programme will help young people fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work opportunities, and building life skills.
Funding is for projects that:
- Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
- Support those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
- Provide spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping to unlock talent and build life skills, provide mentoring, and improve their chances of gaining meaningful employment.
- Empower all young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future.
There is a two-stage application process. Applicants must first submit a two-minute video about their organisation, along with an expression of interest form. Successful groups will then be asked to submit a full application in Spring 2022.
The deadline to submit an expression of interest form is 13 March 2022.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation – Victorian Theatres Small Repairs Fund
Funding for Repair and Conservation Projects in Victorian Theatres Across UK
Registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to conduct discreet and vital repairs or conservation projects in listed Victorian theatres built between 1837 and 1910.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is offering grants of up to £15,000 to support capital repair and conservation works in listed Victorian Theatres across the United Kingdom. The Victorian Theatres Small Repairs Fund will enable groups to deliver capital works with a vital, urgent, and/or historical significance to help list theatres thrive as cultural, heritage, and community assets.
Eligible theatres must:
- Have been built between 1837 and 1910.
- Be listed as follows:
- Grade I, Grade II, or Grade II (England and Wales).
- A, B, or C (Scotland).
- A, B+, B, B1, or B2 (Northern Ireland).
- Be owned by a charity or a not-for-profit organisation.
- Be an active theatre or one where it can be demonstrated that the project will be vital to the re-opening of the theatre.
Priority will be given to vital repair projects that would otherwise struggle to raise funds, and theatres where the programme of performing arts activity includes or will include a focus on encouraging social, economic, and cultural diversity in the arts.
There is a two-stage application process. Applicants should register their interest with the Foundation but being invited to submit a full application.
The deadline to register interest with the Foundation is 15 March 2022.
LEGO Foundation – Grants to Support Early Childhood Development
Funding for impactful global solutions to problems affecting how children learn, grow and develop.
In celebration of the brand’s 90th anniversary, the LEGO Foundation has announced the Build a World of Play Challenge, a new fund which will offer approximately $147 million to organisations around the world.
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations, businesses and research institutes for innovative projects which focus on young children’s wellbeing while addressing social issues worldwide
Some examples of eligible projects include:
- Technological innovations which will improve the quality and access of healthcare for families with young children.
- Initiatives to make cities safer, greener, more sustainable, more playful and more accessible for children.
- Reducing stress amongst caregivers and childcare providers, to enable them to build stronger, safer and more nurturing relationships with the children they care for.
- Increasing the resilience and adaptivity of systems, institutions and services to better reach and support young children, families and households amidst disruptive and adverse events.
- Providing equal access to education for girls, equal access for children with disabilities and equal access for neurodiverse children who may need extra support.
10 finalists will be selected, who will each receive approximately $1 million to strengthen their plans.
Selecting from the finalists, up to five awards will be announced by the end of 2022. Three winners will receive approximately $30 million each and two runners up will receive $15 million each.
Projects should last three to five years.
- Interested organisations must register to apply before 4pm US Central Time on 7 April 2022.
- Registered organisations must then submit their full applications before 4pm US Central Time on 17 May 2022.
Full guidelines and the links to register and apply can be found on the LEGO Foundation website.
Chance to Flourish
Chance to Flourish is funded through the Scottish Children’s Lottery. Their mission is to work to ensure that every child in Scotland is given the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential. They support work with the most vulnerable children, young people and families at a demonstrably high risk of being negatively impacted by poverty.
Examples of projects or activities that have been funded in the past include:
- practical family support including food, clothing and shelter
- support for single parents including parenting skills, health and nutrition
- accessible and affordable day care or play facilities
- support for vulnerable parents with preschool children or families with pre-school children suffering from any type of disability
- provision of after school care/holiday cover ensuring time and resource for additional educational support
- provision of specific IT/educational equipment for socially deprived children or children suffering from any form of physical or mental disability
- one to one mentoring of children struggling within school because of family circumstances
- support for community libraries and learning spaces
- community based leisure and sporting programmes
- local youth clubs and recreational activities
- employability and skills training within a local community
- mentoring or one to one support, building the self-confidence and skills required to enter the employment market
There are two levels of grants. You can apply for a small grant (up to £5,000) or for a large grant (up to £25,000)
Next deadline: 21st March 2022
Bank of Scotland Invest Programme
Applications from registered charities for multi-year funding to address disadvantage, exclusion, and support vulnerable people in Scotland will be accepted from the end of February 2022 for a limited period.
Bank of Scotland Foundation is offering grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for charities tackling disadvantage and social exclusion in Scotland. Through the Invest Programme, charities with an annual income of between £50,000 and £1 million can apply for multi-year funding (up to five years), to help recover from the impact of COVID-19 and provide support for the most vulnerable people across Scotland.
Funding is available for projects that address the following themes:
- Disadvantage – Such as homelessness, abuse, mental health, poverty, debt issues, learning difficulties, illiteracy, or employability issues.
- Social Exclusion – For example, among minority groups, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, care leavers, the elderly, or the young.
Funding can be used to cover the following:
- Project work, such as project, staff, and material costs.
- Core costs, such as salaries, utilities, or rent.
- Capital costs, such as building or repair projects, and equipment.
Applicants must be registered in Scotland, have a minimum of three years of accounts with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), and have been operational for at least three years.
The Invest Programme will open on 28 February 2022 (noon) and close on 10 March 2022 (noon).
Theatre503 – International Playwriting Award
Awards are provided for debut playwrights of all ages, from across the world, who have not yet had a full-length professional production.
Theatre503 is service for new writers and is intended to be a launchpad for artists who bring their words to life. The Theatre503 International Playwriting Award is search for the best new plays and most talented new playwrights in the world.
The award is for debut and emerging writers of all ages who have not yet had a full-length professional production.
Winners will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award.
Debut and emerging playwrights from across the world may apply.
The application deadline is 21 March 2022 (12:00 GMT).
Amazon Launchpad Sustainability Accelerator
Support is available for UK based early stage start-ups building innovative physical products with environmental impacts in mind.
The Amazon Launchpad Sustainability Accelerator is a three-month programme designed to support start-ups and entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of building sustainability focused products.
Participants will be offered a range of support to help navigate the challenges of starting a business within sustainability.
The following benefits are provided to successful applicants:
- Attendance at a three-month accelerator, including workshops, mentorship and access to Amazon’s network.
- Free office space in the Amazon HQ in Shoreditch, London.
- A £10,000 cash grant.
- USD$25,000 AWS Activate Credits.
- £5,000 Advertising Click Credits.
- Free access to Amazon Launchpad for a year.
The accelerator will be operated in a hybrid-manner. Start-ups can join online, or in person. This will be subject to applicable COVID-19 restrictions. Every accelerator cohort will comprise 8-12 companies.
Early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs may apply. They can be based in the UK, EEA or Switzerland. The programme is best suited to start-ups building physical products that offer improvements in at least one aspect of sustainability and are committed to building and growing their business with environmental impact in mind.
It would be best suited to entrepreneurs who have ambitions to use e-commerce to fuel the growth of their product(s).
The deadline for applications is 25 March 2022 (23:59 GMT).
Historic Environment Scotland Revises Grants Framework for 2022
Following a public consultation last year, Historic Environment Scotland has announced a new grant-making framework to guide future activities and streamline its application process, thereby ensuring that it meets the needs of applicants and grantees.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is revising its grant-making programmes in 2022 to bring about a more streamlined and strategic set of grant programmes, as well as an improved user experience for applicants and grantees. This new framework aims to provide the flexibility needed to react and adapt to the social and economic impact of COVID-19.
HES has announced that it is making the following changes to its grants programme:
- The new Heritage and Place Programme, which opens for expression of interest on 30 March 2022, will expand upon the current Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) programme with a new two-stage application process with a match-funded Development Phase, the removal of the requirement to be within defined conservation areas, and revised conditions for third party grants.
- The new Historic Environment Grants programme, expected to launch in Summer 2022, will replace the Historic Environment Repair Grant, Historic Environment Support Fund, some aspects of Archaeology Programme Funding, and the Organisation Support Fund. Providing grants of between £1,000 and £500,000, this ‘open’ programme will enable applicants to apply for capital and activity costs under one programme rather than making multiple applications.
- The new Partnership Fund, also expected to launch in Summer 2022, is being introduced for organisations that require revenue support to deliver key strategic outcomes in line with HES’ policy aims.
Applications to all new grant programmes will be evaluated against the following grant priorities:
- Increase understanding of and engagement with Scotland’s historic environment.
- Enhance communities’ use of the historic environment in place-making.
- Strengthen the resilience of Scotland’s historic environment.
- Use the historic environment as a catalyst for climate action.
- Increase the quality and availability of historic environment skills.
- Increase economic benefits from the historic environment sustainably and inclusively.
A new online portal and automated grants management system will also be rolled out to improve functionality and user experience. Existing programmes will continue to run in the meantime.
Full details of the new grants programmes will be provided as they become available.
Impact Funding Partners – Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund
Funding to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness in Scotland. Constituted not-for-profit organisations and community groups in Scotland can apply for funding to support adults aged 16 and above who are most at risk of social isolation, loneliness, and reduced wellbeing.
Impact Funding Partners has reopened the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund for 2022. A total of £30,000 is available to third-sector organisations and community groups in Scotland to support adults aged 16 and above who are most at risk of social isolation and loneliness, for example, due to personal characteristics, life transitions, or ill-health.
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to cover costs such as:
- Volunteer expenses.
- Premises or overhead contributions.
- Transport, activities, and trips.
- Small items of equipment up to a value of 20% of the amount applied for.
Applicants must be constituted and have an annual income of less than £150,000 in the last financial year (excluding one-off income for capital items, funding held onto on behalf of another organisation, and emergency funding received in response to COVID-19).
Funding is for activities taking place between 1 May 2022 and 30 September 2022.
The deadline for applications is 18 March 2022.