Sports, leisure, heritage and culture

Feisean Nan Gaidheal - Tasgadh (Creative Scotland)

Please note the closing dates for applications are Friday 21 June, Friday 25 October 2024 and Friday 31 January 2025

Funding is available to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a positive track record in and/or professional commitment to one or more of the traditional art forms of Scottish traditional dance, music and storytelling.

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The Youth Music NextGen Fund

Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 28 June 2024

The fund of £2,500 is especially aimed at those whose lack of finance holds them back from pursuing their goals. Open to 18–25-year-olds (and up to 30-year-olds who identify as Deaf or Disabled) who live in the UK.

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Music For All – Community Project Funding

Please note the closing date for applications is Monday 1 July 2024

Grants are available to address the musical needs of community music groups and educational organisations. They support projects and initiatives taking place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community and would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. Grants are available under a number of different categories, each with their own criteria and award amounts.

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The Wolfson Foundation

Please note the closing date for applications is Monday 1 July 2024

The Foundation's main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. It will fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science and medicine, health and disability, places of worship, heritage, and arts and humanities.

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Museum Galleries Scotland’s Small Grants Fund

Please note the closing dates for expressions of interest are Friday 12 July with an application deadline of Wednesday 31 July 2024, and Wednesday 15 January with an application deadline of Wednesday 29 January 2025

The fund supports museums to develop their work and deliver against the priority areas of Scotland’s museums and galleries Strategy. The fund can support:

  • Small scale project work
  • Acquisition of equipment and other resources to address time specific needs
  • Preparation and scoping work to plan and inform future strategic development

 

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Valencia Communities Fund

Please note the closing dates for applications are Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 31 October 2024

The fund offers grants of up to £25K to support community, heritage and biodiversity projects located within 10 miles of any active landfill site or transfer station accepting 2,500 tonnes of waste. Applications must be for distinct, whole projects and may be part of a phase of works of a larger project of no more than £100,000. Stage 1 should be completed as early as possible to allow time for completing the main form.

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The Radcliffe Trust Music Grants Programme

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 31 July 2024

Awards in the region of £2500-7500 are available to UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to support classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education. Of particular interest is supporting music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. Applications are considered under eight headings: composition and contemporary music; bursaries for courses and summer schools; music therapy/special needs; academic research/projects; youth orchestras; performance projects; educational projects (excluding mainstream primary and secondary schools); and miscellaneous.

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The Golsoncott Foundation

Please note applications should be in a few weeks before the scheduled trustees' meetings in August and November

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour. Projects involving young people should offer a long-lasting connection between them and the art form and a significant level of participation and achievement at a high standard. Trustees favour applications from arts organisations whose raison d’être is the art form itself, and its perfection or excellence in performance.

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The Weir Charitable Trust

Please note the closing date for applications is the end of August 2024

The trust supports Scottish-based community groups and small charities with an income of under £125,000 to provide services to help the Scottish communities in sport, culture, health, animal welfare and recreational facilities.

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Historic Environment Grants Programme

Please note the closing date for applications is the end of August 2024

The Fund can support a wide range of projects which clearly relate to and will benefit Scotland’s historic environment. Projects that can be supported through the programme should be focussed on an aspect of Scotland's historic environment, from the tangible (e.g. historic buildings, ancient monuments and archaeology, designed or cultural landscapes and historic gardens and battlefields) to the intangible (e.g. historic environment skills, stories and traditions).

There are three different funding streams under the Historic Environment Grants (HEG) which are:

  • Express Grants (£1,000 to £25,000) – open all year
  • Small Grants (£25,001 to £100,000) – deadlines Saturday 31 August and Tuesday 31 December 2024
  • Large Grants (£100,001 to £500,000) – deadlines Sunday 30 June, Thursday 31 October 2024 and Friday 28 February 2025

Before proceeding to submit an application, you will first need to have submitted and have approved an Expression of Interest.

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Sport Facilities Fund

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 1 September 2024

Investment of up to 50% of eligible project costs up to a maximum of £200,000 may be awarded. A higher percentage of investment can be awarded to community led projects within or serving the most deprived areas (Deciles 1 and 2 on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation up to 75% of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of £250,000. Grants are available to help with the provision or upgrading of sports facilities for the public good and that benefit the community.

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The Theatre Improvement Scheme

Please note the closing date for applications is Thursday 5 September 2024

Theatre Operators can apply for grants of up to £20K to improve the environmental sustainability of their theatres. Funding supports a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings or equipment can reduce their environmental impact. You must own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings and run a year-round programme of at least 30 live performances.

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The National Lottery Film Festival & Screening Programme Fund

Please note the closing dates for applications are Monday 16 September 2024 and Monday 13 January 2025

The fund supports new and existing organisations that are looking to produce film festivals and screening programmes that increase the reach, impact and diversity of film screenings and events for communities throughout Scotland. Activities should also increase engagement within audience groups that are currently underrepresented in cinema audiences. Grants of between £10-40K are available and activities must take place by 31 August 2025.

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The Fidelio Trust

Please note the closing date for applications is Thursday 19 September 2024

The trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music.
Funding is available towards:

  • Tuition or coaching costs
  • To participate in external competitions
  • To be supported for a specially arranged performance
  • To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art

Applications need to be supported by Institutions, Colleges, Arts Festivals or other similar arts organisations in the United Kingdom with recognised relevant expertise.

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Museum Galleries Scotland’s Museum Development Fund

Please note the closing date for expressions of interest is Wednesday 2 October with an application deadline of Wednesday 16 October 2024

Accredited Museums can apply for grants of between £15,000 and £60,000 for projects that will help them to become more resilient. will provide funding for activities which produce positive outcomes for collections, audiences, workforce and sustainability. Projects should focus on re-engaging with communities, developing digital capacity, workforce capacity and resilience, and responding to the climate emergency.

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Jerwood Foundation

Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 4 October

The Jerwood Foundation supports organisations with a focus on making art available for public benefit and emerging talent in the arts throughout the UK. Up to £2 million is awarded each year, although there are no minimum or maximum grants, they are usually within the range of £1-25K.

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Preservation and Conservation Grants

The Pilgrim Trust supports the preservation, conservation and repair of significant historic buildings, structures and architectural features. They also support the conservation of works of art, objects, records and collections.

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Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant

The John Muir Trust offers this Grant of £200 - £2,000 to give people the opportunity to seek out life-changing experiences in wild places of the world in ways which will benefit both the person, and the wild places themselves. The grant commemorates two former presidents of the Scottish Mountaineering Club who each led inspiring and adventurous lives. We wish to support projects, which reflect the ethos of both men and give others an opportunity to follow in their footsteps. In the decade since its inception the Grant has made over 40 awards to a wide variety of recipients. The project should involve travel to wild places, must be adventurous, have an educational or scientific component – and be a life-changing experience leading to a commitment to practical action to conserve wild places.

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Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

Please note trustees meet quarterly to consider grant applications

Charities or not-for-profit organisations can apply for grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled but favour particularly applications whereby the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users – unable to raise the required funds
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed

 

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The Sportsman’s Charity

Each year, the Charity identifies two partner organisations which will receive a significant proportion of the funds raised at The Sportsman's Dinner. As well as supporting some of the larger established charities, The Sportsman's Charity takes a special interest in smaller organisations for which a modest donation can make all the difference.

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MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support the careers of talented artists and groups working in music of black origin - for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. The scheme also offers one-to-one business advice and one-to-one health consultation covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required. Any solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre can apply but preference may be given to; R&B, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip Hop, Grime, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music.

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The Scottish Football Partnership Trust Awards

The Trust provides funding and support for grassroots football clubs and other charitable organisations with football-related projects.

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NESTA Arts and Culture Impact Fund

A new £20 million impact investment fund is available for the UK's arts, culture and heritage social enterprises. The fund offers loans between £150,000 and £1million repayable over a period of up to ten years. The fund offers repayable finance between £150,000 to £1,000,000 with a repayment term of one to ten years and interest rates ranging between 3% and 10%.

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Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust

The trust favours organisations involved with the performing arts, particularly if children and young people are involved and also if the disabled are involved. They also favour organisations set up to further the visual arts and museums. They support small medical charities and environmental charities including support of the built environment. Funding is given under the main headings of health, education, youth work, religion and relief of poverty. Applications from and for Scotland will receive favourable consideration

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Team Grassroots Football Foundation Grants

Up to £25,000 is available for the purchase of secure storage containers. The provision of secure storage such as containers is a simple cost effective way of increasing your capacity for equipment and freeing up space within your site for better use. You don’t have to be a football club to apply to the Football Foundation, however, grassroots football must be an integral part of your offer.

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Sports Charity Scotland

The charity will consider applications from charities working in Scotland in the fields of sport, children and young people, disability and the disadvantaged. Typical awards range from £500 to £5,000, however, in addition, each year they identify two partner organisations which will receive a significant proportion of the funds raised at The Sports Charity Dinner.

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Culture & Business Fund Scotland

C&BS provides match funding to culture organisations to enable partnerships and collaborations with businesses by incentivising sponsorships to bring diverse creative projects to life. It will provide match funding of up to £14,000 per organisation, to support as many arts and heritage organisations as possible, from grassroots initiatives to established cultural events. Other priorities will be to support organisations that have implemented Fair Work policies, have introduced carbon-neutral plans or policies and have embedded equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the activities for which they seek funding.

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Foundation Scotland - Mary Janet King Fund

Grants up to £5,000 are available for Scottish grassroots and community groups working with young people in arts and music, particularly with activities that encourage the uptake of music.

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Cycling friendly Community Grants

Cycling Scotland is awarding grants of up to £25,000 to community groups and voluntary organisations for local projects that will improve cycling facilities and increase the number of people cycling.

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Cycling Friendly Employer Grants

Grants from Cycling Scotland are available to all employers in Scotland who are working towards becoming Cycling Friendly. Apply for funding of up to £25,000 for facilities, such as showers or bike racks, that will encourage staff to travel by bike

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Creative Scotland National Lottery Open Fund for Organisations

Funding up to £100K is available for artistic, creative or cultural organisations for projects/programmes of activity lasting up to 18 months. Priority is given to community activities for public benefit.

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Peter Harrison Foundation

PHF offers grants of up to £30K for capital, revenue or project funding to create access to opportunities for sport and physical activity at a grassroots level that enables people across the UK who are physically, mentally, socially or economically disadvantaged to develop personal and life skills to fulfil their potential.

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Baillie Gifford Grassroots Sports

Funding of up to £5K is available to support grassroots sport organisations. Grants are available to help people to participate in sport by improving quality and participation in sports - all ages and abilities, all sports (excluding elite participation), widening access to sport by removing barriers to participation and improving the sustainability of clubs.

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Barclays Community Football Fund

Grants up to £500 are available for community sports clubs and voluntary organisations to offer new football opportunities or expand existing programmes to include people in under-represented groups, particularly girls and people with protected characteristics.

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The Cruach Trust

This small Scottish charity provides grants of up to £2,000 for projects related to the natural environment, community, and music. Organisations eligible to apply include registered or recognised charities, societies, trusts, and other bodies, with a preference for Scottish small and local charities. However, organisations with an income exceeding £2 million will not be considered.

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Paul Hamlyn Arts-based Learning Fund

The Fund supports work which enables pupils in formal education settings, particularly those experiencing systemic inequality or disadvantage, to thrive through engagement with high quality, arts-based learning. Arts-based learning is learning experiences which incorporate arts-based content, and/or use arts-based approaches to secure access to or enhance engagement with the curriculum. They will prioritise funding for work taking place outside of London that is for the benefit of primary-age children, and applications which demonstrate they support and champion people with lived experience of systemic inequality and barriers to learning within the education system in the leadership and delivery of the work. Grants between £30,000 and £400,000 over 2-3 years.

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