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Grant funding

Most people first think about grants first when raising funding. However, there’s always a lot of competition for grants, even more so now in these hard economic times.

Here are the main types of grant funding:

  • Traditional grant-making bodies: these include charitable trusts and foundations, National Lottery programmes and community funds; CFHS also runs an annual small grants scheme.
  • Seed funding for social enterprises: there are funds available for social entrepreneurs who want to create businesses that trade for a social and/or environmental purpose
  • Local government funding: local support structures like local councils, community health partnerships and third sector interfaces often have small grants available for community-based initiatives.

Where to go for information


  • Funding Scotland: a service provided by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations