Funding

There are many funding opportunities for communities, businesses, and organisations, a number of funding portals exists for each of these areas which I hope you will find useful.

Funding Scotland:
Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using the Funding Scotland search engine:

Funding Scotland Website

Scottish EU Funding Portal
There is a significant amount of funding available to Scottish businesses, organisations, and communities from the EU, the Scottish EU Funding Portal provides a collation of these funding opportunities across different fields such as sustainability and Enterprise:

Scottish EU Funding Portal Website

Energy Reduction Funding for SMEs
A number of grant and loan opportunities are available to help small to medium businesses in reducing their energy and resource costs by providing assistance with assessments, training, and equipment purchase.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund: Grants for energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

Green Business Fund Website

SME Green Loans: Scottish Government Interest-free loans from £1k to £100k to help with energy reduction equipment:

SME Green Loan Website

Big Lottery Digital Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has today announced that it will be launching a new Digital Fund on 22nd October to offer dedicated digital funding support to the sector.

The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.

The Digital Fund is currently offering two strands of funding.

Digital Fund Strand 1 offers grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package. The aim is to help established charities use digital to take a major leap forward. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

Digital Fund Strand 2 offers grants of up to £500,000 for newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

Applications initially open on 22nd October 2018 and close on 3rd December 2018. There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.

Further details on eligibility and applying can be found on the Big Lottery Fund’s https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/digital-fund

Big Lottery Digital Fund