AVA subscribes to the Grantfinder program - a comprehensive database of funders from across the UK and Europe. Community groups operating across Aberdeenshire are welcome to use the fundingprogram to search for funding opportunities. You can contact our Funding Officer, Donna Speed on: 03718 110008 or email: to arrange an appointment to use the service or download the Grantfinder form here and email it to Donna.

AVA distributes a newsletter every month containing up-to-date funding information - read our newsletters hereYou can also use our Community Toolkit to search for funding on our website - it's a great tool for searching for funding.

Watch the Institute of Fundraising videos at the bottom of this page and visit their website for an Introduction to Fundraising.

Download the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Essentials for Fundraising Organisations guidance hereOn 25th May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the UK. This will replace the current Data Protection Act and introduce new and different requirements for all sectors and organisations. To help fundraisers understand the key parts of GDPR in relation to direct marketing and how you can lawfully contact your supporters, this guidance has been produced by the Institutue of Fundraising in partnership with Bircham Dyson Bell to take you through the main questions.

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Funding opportunities:


The Women’s Fund for Scotland offers between £500 and £5,000.…/womens-fund-for-sc…/

Key themes are: building skills and confidence, improving health and well-being, building social networks and moving on from violence.  Deadlines are 4th September 2017 and 5th March 2018. 

Alcohol Research UK offers Small Grants funding of up to £8,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months.  Application deadline 13th September

Applications will open for the Research Innovation Grants 8th November 2017 and the deadline will be 16th January 2018.  Postgraduate Research Studentships will match fund (£10,000 per year for three years) up to three studentships a year to enable students to undertake research in the alcohol field leading to a PhD.  

Inter Faith Youth Trust Small Grants Programme Open to UK Applications until 15 September.

Grants of up to £500 are awarded for proposals for inter faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation.  The age range for young people is 11-25 years.  Projects should take place during Inter Faith Week 2017 (12-19 November).

Land Aid Grant available until 15th September

We fund work which tackles youth homelessness in the UK. Our grants are awarded to outstanding projects on the ground that work to give young people the shelter and support they deserve.  

Aberdeen University Students’ Association Raising and Giving raise thousands of pounds for local charities in the North East of Scotland each year.  Applications for 2017/18 are being accepted until 15th September.

They are looking for projects, activities and programmes which will benefit the local community in measurable outcomes.  Charities in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen can apply. 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards 2018 open until 22nd September…/glaxosmithkline-gsk-impact-awards…/

The Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.  Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving £40,000. Winners will also receive free training and development valued at up to £6,000, a specially commissioned professional film and photographs along with publicity and press support. Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.

BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund is open until 22nd September.…/ar…/5XVRLVfFH69tKhN2K5jkKqj/curiosity

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to make a positive difference in lives: build confidence and self-esteem, develop life skills and expand horizons.  For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be disadvantage if they have an illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation. 

Scotrail Community Grants Fund provides grants of between £500 and £2,000 to constituted community groups and charities.…/scotrail-community…/

ScotRail is connecting Scotland - delivering door-step to destination solutions and enhancing the connection between people and communities.  Deadlines are 25th September 2017 and 26th March 2018

Money Saving Expert Charity Fund.

Apply between 1st – 29th September 2017 for Life Changing Transitions - projects focusing on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, resettlement.  

29th September is the deadline for The Dunhill Medical Trust grants.…/

In particular grants are available to support the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care, and projects which, if successful, could enable applicants to apply for funding from other sources. 

Funding ranges from £100 to £100,000 for projects, building and physical infrastructure and capability. 

Meikle Carewe Windfarm Community Fund is open until 30th September.

This year's fund of just over £25k is available to groups in the Community Council areas of Crathes, Drumoak & Durris, North Kincardine Rural, Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore, Portlethen & District and Stonehaven & District. 

Historic Environment Scotland offers various funding including the Organisational Support Fund which provides financial support to organisations responsible for the operation, management or safeguarding of historic environment assets.  The deadline is 30th September 2017…/our-grants/

European Youth Foundation closes 1st October.…/european-youth-foundation-accepti…/

•One-off international/European co-operation activity – maximum grant per activity €20,000 •Annual work plan – maximum grant of €50,000  •Structural/administrative grant – maximum annual grant for international NGOs/networks: €25,000  •A regional youth NGO/network can apply for a one-off administrative grant in order to set up a European secretariat/co-ordination body of up to €10,000  •Ad hoc pilot activity – maximum grant per activity €10,000. 

Big Lottery Early Action System Change award of up to £1million.  Tackling the root cause of inequality by helping local organisations collaborate to make the shift towards early action.  Deadline 2nd October 2017 

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Programme has deadlines on 2nd October 2017 and 16th March 2018.…

The programme seeks to build the capacity of the public policy system, including those responsible for policy delivery and practice, to understand and interpret research and analysis and to develop policy and practice in the areas of education, welfare and justice.   

Comic Relief’s Core Strength – Local Communities Grants Programme is open until 4th October.…/core-strength-local-communiti…  

This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups.  Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 (depending on the local community foundation) are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.  

CommunitEE Chest 2017 is open until 7 October.…/want-a-share-of-15000-s…/ 

CommunitEE Chest is back – and dozens of North-east groups will be in the running to share a fantastic £15,000 cash pot. 

The Social Innovation Competition 2017 open for applications. 

The competition is looking for exciting, innovative business solutions that are tackling the most pressing social and environmental issues facing Scotland today, focusing on culture, heritage and tourism.  Three winners, including one young social innovator under 30, will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Scottish Parliament in November and receive £5000 alongside tailored business support from Firstport, Scotland’s agency for start up social entrepreneurs.  Deadline is noon on 9 October. 

Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund has a deadline of 9th October.…/le…/nurturing-talent-time-to-shine-fund/ 

Are you interested in developing your skills in one of the following areas? Drama, dance, music, film, visual arts, literature, digital arts. 

Anyone aged 14-20, living in Scotland. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50- £600.

The NorthConnect Legacy Fund is open until 13th October.…/northconnect/ 

The Fund supports community groups and individuals within a 10 mile radius of the planned electrical interconnector (“the Area of Benefit”).  The underground cables will come ashore at Long Haven Bay, and connect to a converter station at Fourfields near Boddam, Peterhead. 

Volant Charitable Trust open grant programme aims to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation.

Projects must demonstrate a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.  The next deadline is 31st October 2017.

Future Town Design Competition is open until 6th November.… 

They ask you to get creative and sketch or photograph, image or written idea for a space in your town centre - this can be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within your town.  Whether a unique bin design, building redevelopment, transport feature, or different use for public or vacant space…feel free to think outside of the box! 

The Rowing Foundation grants
The Foundation prioritises participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment, such as boats, sculls, ergos, oars and essential safety equipment. The deadline for applications is 6th November 2017. Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available. To find out more visit the website at:

Action Grants to Prevent and Combat Gender-based Violence and Violence Against Children is open until 14 November.…/…/rec-combat-gender-based/

This Call for Proposals aims to prevent and combat gender-based violence and violence against children by funding targeted, practical projects, ensuring maximum tangible and demonstrable benefits and impacts on the lives of beneficiaries. 

Community Food and Health Scotland Capacity Building fund is open until 8th December…/capacity-build…/ 

The Capacity Building Fund is for groups and organisations that are already running food and health activities in low-income areas in Scotland that want to develop and strengthen their organisations. 

Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities
Persimmon Healthy Communities supports sport for young people in England, Wales and Scotland. From May to December 2017 they are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under. In January 2018 30 businesses will choose one entry to go forward into a national competition. The national prize is a massive £200,000 for you, your club or team. There are also two runners-up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each. 

The Stafford Trust offers funding of £500 - £5,000 to registered charities. 

The window for new applications for the Spring 2018 meeting will close on 31st December 2017. 

UK Theatres Grant Scheme is open until 7 January 2018.… 

The scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.  

Life Changes Trust are offering between £500 to £7,000 through the Peer to Peer Resouces Award.…/funding-opportunities-0

The money can be used to produce something that you think will help other people with dementia or other carers.  It must be practical and must truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers.  It must be something that will have value and relevance for a long period of time, e.g. at least three years.  Deadline is 2nd February 2018.   

Mid Hill Wind Farm Banchory Community Fund is open for applications. Deadlines are 14 March and 14 September.…/Banchory-Community-…

You do not need to be a registered charity to apply however you must be able to demonstrate that your project offers a benefit to the community. 

Foundation Scotland offers a number of funding awards, made up of money from the many different funds they distribute on behalf of companies, individuals, charitable trusts and community benefit funds.  They also offer express grants.  Check them out on:…/…/

There are some great funding ideas on the Youth Link Scotland funding directory:

The Keith Builders Community charity was set up to provide financial support to aid local charities, groups, organisations and projects.

 If you are fundraising or have a deserving cause please email:

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It doesn't cost you a penny extra.  When you shop the easyfundraising way with one of our 3,249 shops and sites they give us a commission for your purchase. We turn that into a donation and give it to your good cause. Easy! 

The ​Community Engagement Fund run by Scottish Natural Heritage is giving organisations an opportunity to apply for funding for projects helping communities make the most of their local greenspaces.

Millions of LEADER Grant Funding still available as inspiring Aberdeenshire project selected for National Showcase
An inspiring LEADER-funded project from Aberdeenshire has been chosen to be a showcase for Community Led Local Development in Scotland. Social Enterprise Boyndie Trust on the Banffshire Coast is featured in a case-study and short film, published on the Scottish Rural Development Website. Projects are urged to come forward to access the fund, as millions are still available in North East Scotland.

The North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group have been allocated £3.3m of LEADER funding from the Scottish Government and the EU. The group, NALAG for short, can use this to provide grant support to inspiring and innovative projects in Banff and Buchan, Buchan and Formartine. Launched in November 2015, the programme is underspent and looking for projects to come forward. Information on the North Aberdeenshire LEADER programme can be found at, or contact, 01467 534465.  The Boyndie Trust case study can be found at

Growing A Greener Britain: Small Grants Programme
This fund wants to help communities to grow a greener Britain by supporting them to transform green spaces. We know that there are many people across the UK who have fantastic, creative and innovative ideas that could help to improve their local spaces. This small grant fund is designed to help turn these ideas into reality! Any constituted community group is invited to apply. Please remember that due to limited funding projects of a value of up to £1,000 can only be supported and that not every project can be rewarded. Open all year round.  For more information, visit:

Funding for a 'Fairer Scotland'
£29 million worth of funding for community and third sector projects is available to help support the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, published in October 2016.  £12 million of the funding comes from the European Social Fund
The Scottish Government will direct £18.9 million into a new 'Aspiring Communities Fund' which offers funding opportunities for third sector organisations and community projects working to find long lasting local solutions to poverty. A further £9.7 million will be dedicated to the 'Growing the Social Economy Programme', which will enable third sector organisations to try new ideas and approaches by collaborating with research organisations or supporting people to improve their skills. Full information about the funds can be found here:

Jo Walters £1,000 Maths Grants area available to fund ideas to inspire your students, raise attainment and promote a love of Maths. 

Cairngorms National Park travel grant

The scheme is now open to all schools in Scotland and voluntary groups who experience disadvantage, to make educational trips to the Cairngorms National Park. Grants of up to £200 or 75% of travel costs are available to cover the costs of transport, which is known to be a key barrier to these groups visiting the Park. Priority will be given to applications from schools and groups from areas of social deprivation, those who have not visited the Park before and groups who support people with disabilities, young people, ethnic minorities and those who experience economic disadvantage or health inequality. To find out more and download an application form, please visit 

Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Waste Prevention Implementation Fund is open.…/resource-efficiency-w… 

You must be a registered small or medium sized enterprise, a registered 3rd sector organisation or a Community Interest Company.  Up to 100% of capital costs are avaiable between £5k - £100k.  The fund has been designed to help organisations overcome waste prevention barriers to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the waste hierarchy. It is important that projects demonstrate added value. 

Social Investment Scotland: Growth & Replication Challenge 
The growth & replication challenge is a competitive opportunity that combines bespoke business support worth up to £10,000 with tailored financial backing. They’re looking for established charities or social enterprises who have developed strategies for growth or replication, are looking for investment between £100k and £1m and need help to make that happen in 2017. For more information, visit: 

The Environment Now Fund offers up to £10,000 to those aged between 17 and 24 with an idea to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste or increasing recycling.

St James's Place Foundation offers up to £10,000 funding for UK registered charities supporting Young People with Special Needs, Supporting Disadvantaged Young People, Supporting People with Cancer There are no deadlines

Let’s play with MyParkScotland

We want our parks to be alive with the sound of play!  With all the talk of an increasingly inactive society, there is no better place to play - no matter what your age - than in parks and green spaces across Scotland. On 21st March, MyParkScotland launched the second crowdfund campaign theme for 2017: the focus is on projects promoting and enhancing outdoor play in your park. Eight projects are currently part of the Let’s Play theme and they are looking for your support to help them fund their playful projects. They include bike trails, playpark improvements, outdoor gym and new play areas. If your group has a project that might suit the MyPark Scotland theme - have a look at their website to find out more and submit a proposal. Visit: 

The David Doig Foundation offers £2,000.…/david-doig-foundat…/

Examples of projects the fund will consider (this is not an exhaustive list): •Provision of one to one coaching sessions for 5-11 year olds who are at risk of exclusion due to behavioural issues •Provision of a series of taster sessions aimed at young mothers in order to build skills, confidence to access higher education or return to work... •Provision of outward bound education courses to a group of 12-18 year olds currently excluded from mainstream education •Supporting the cost of a homework club for children and young people aged 5-18 years old affected by HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). 

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.…/scotland/awards-for-all…

Big Lottery Young Start funding is open for applications.

£10,000-£50,000 is available to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help them realise their potential. 

Corra Foundation (previously Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland) has various funding programmes available.  The name ‘Corra’ comes from Scots mythology and relates to ideas of knowledge and change.

The Weir Charitable Trust supports individuals, groups and charities, new or established, which are based in Scotland and provide services in Scotland.

To be eligible for funding, proposals should fall within the following five main areas - health, sport, culture, recreational facilities and animal welfare.

The Trust anticipates supporting charitable groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 that find difficulty in sourcing funds from traditional or mainstream funders.

Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation concentrates on two main areas for grants: local communities and emerging markets.…/aberdeen-asset-managem…/

There are no deadlines and applications can be made at any time.

The Princes Trust Development Award offers funding to train, learn or help get a job for 14-25 year olds.…/get-funding-train-learn

The award can cover costs up to £500; tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef whites; course fees; interview clothes; license fees e.g. CSCS card (construction) or SIA license (security); childcare costs to help single parents access short term education; tansport to a new job until first pay cheque.

The Coram Trust offers funding between £500 and £2,000.…/the-coram-trust/

Priority is given to activities that have a focus on particular communities in Scotland and are registered charities, social enterprises, community interest companies and/or other charitable entities providing social impact that do one or more of the following: support rural regeneration as part of a community development project and have a housing component that supports the local community where the regeneration project is taking place.  Projects involving community ownership in rural areas are likely to be given the highest priority.

Life Changes Trust offers funding programmes for people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.

They are looking for projects and initiatives that will make the biggest difference to the quality of life, well-being, inclusion and empowerment of those affected by dementia.

The Life Changes Trust make sure that they hear from and involve care experienced young people themselves, taking into account their thoughts, opinions and experiences.  They will also take advice from those working alongside care experienced young people and those with experience in other relevant areas.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is making £280,000 available across Scotland through their Skills & Opportunities Fund.

RBS want to help build better communities for everyone.  To achieve that aim, we’re seeking projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.

Tesco Bags of Help funds 225 projects in Scotland every 2 months. 

You can apply now for up to £4,000 for projects that bring benefits to the community.  This includes outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases. 

National Churches Trust offers grants of up to £40,000.

From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet - and many other projects - their grants help people to continue to serve, and to serve better, their local communities.

The Peter Harrison Foundation offers funding through the Opportunities Through Sports programme.…

The Trustees wish to support sporting activity or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.

Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities.

Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will.  Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. 

Make your Will with a Will Aid solicitor and your donation has the power to change people’s lives in the UK and around the world. Include a legacy to charity in your Will and you will make even more of a difference.

The Rural and Islands Housing Funds (RIHF) can help you build new homes, change buildings into homes, make empty homes ready to rent or sell.

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.