Grants and funding
There are grants, funding opportunities and awards available to churches and groups doing work in their communities. Learn more about them and how to apply.
Below you'll find information on:
- Grants and funding provided by the Church of Scotland
- Grants and funding provided by external organisation
If you are looking for funding aimed at supporting Church growth please visit the Seeds for Growth grants fund page for information about our new £25 million fund to support local church outreach.
Church of Scotland grants and funding
Small Grants Fund
The Church of Scotland's Small Grants Fund provides grants for short-term project funding of between 3 and 12 months.
Up to £1,000
Individual Church of Scotland churches and presbyteries and groups of churches or presbyteries can apply. Churches and presbyteries are also able to work with ecumenical partners, though the application will need to come from the Church of Scotland church or presbytery.
How to apply
Those wishing to apply must complete and submit an application form along with a scan of a signed extract minute from the kirk session or presbytery. Further information and template documents are available on the Small Grants Fund How to Apply page.
Learn more about the fund, eligibility and how to apply on our Small Grants Fund page.
The Guild's Initiative Fund
Grants of up to £1000 are available to Guilds looking to do innovative projects in their church or community. We want to encourage people to think of new ways of “being the Guild” and of serving the church and the wider community in ways that allow the Guild to creatively meet its three principles of worship, prayer and action.
There is no firm guidance on the amounts of money available; however, a typical grant will be a few hundred pounds.
The grant is open to any Church of Scotland Guild.
How to apply
An application form is available by contacting the Guild office: 0131 240 2217 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Fund is available on the Guild Initiative Fund page.
External grants and funding
- Read the full funding guidance to find out if your organisation, building and improvements are eligible
- Choose your technology. Get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) , an energy report from Business Energy Scotland, or feasibility study that justifies your technology choice. You can also start getting quotes from installers (see our funding guidance for more information).
- Complete an application form and return it to us as soon as possible.
- You have 12 months to complete your project from the date its approved.
Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme
The Small Grants Scheme provides one-year grants to charities working at grassroots and local community level. The grants may be used to cover core costs, equipment, or project funding.
The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.
Charities can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000. Please note that if successful, the Trustees may award less than the amount requested.
The Foundation can only accept applications from organisations with charitable status. This includes registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (SCIOs), excepted charities and exempt charities. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. Organisations must demonstrate ongoing financial viability over the next 12 months.
How to apply
Apply online via website.
Applications are accepted at any time. It may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees.
More information on the scheme is available on the Foyle Foundation's website.
Let's Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund
This fund provides grants of up to 80% of costs (up to £80,000) to support faith and other community buildings in reaching net zero.
The funding comes from the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).
As with all grant funding for property-related work, please ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the General Trustees and Presbytery.
Grant funding is available for up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000. The inclusion or exclusion of VAT in CARES funding offers does not alter the grant maximum of £80,000.
Please see the guidance for full information.
Applicants must be constituted non-profit distributing community organisations, including organisations with charitable status, that are established and operating across a geographically defined community or faith groups.
Organisations that are constituted but unincorporated may also apply but must provide additional information.
Each funder will be slightly different and have different requirements in terms of reporting and what you can use the grant for, so it is important that you talk to them about your needs. It may be helpful to talk to them about your business continuity plan and how you intend to adapt your usual ways of working to achieve impact despite any external restrictions.
Please note there are many grants and funds available for specific geographic area and projects. If you would like to find out more about the funding available and how to access them, please contact email@example.com.