Edinburgh Local

Community grants

Would your community project benefit from some funding? Do you have an idea that will change communities in and around Edinburgh  for the better? Apply for funding through our grants scheme.

About the grants

The Edinburgh Local Community Grants scheme supports the development of projects, community activities and sustainable local action.

We welcome applications for projects or activities that will involve and benefit people living and/or working in the Edinburgh City Region. (The Region includes the City of Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian, Midlothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders)

Applications are welcome from:

  • voluntary organisations with a recognised legal structure*
  • social enterprises
  • individuals who are supported/sponsored by one of the above

*Please read the SCVO website for a list of the most common legal structures for voluntary organisations

SCVO legal structures

The current submission window for Community Grants is now closed. Applications for the next round will open in 2018. Due to the high volume of applications received for the December 2017 deadline of this scheme, upcoming deadlines have been deferred until later in 2018. The new deadlines will be posted on this page once they have been decided.

Other things to know

  • Applications are open for four, six week periods each year.
  • We award grants of up to a maximum of £5,000 per project.
  • Applicants may only receive one grant per project.
  • We do not fund projects that have already been completed.
  • Unsuccessful projects can be resubmitted as long as you address any feedback you received.

Tips for success

  • Demonstrate as clearly as possible how your project involves and/or benefits local communities living in the Edinburgh region.
  • We’re more likely to fund your project if you can show that it could benefit a lot of people, or could benefit a small group of people in a big way.
  • Please ensure that you read all the information available on the website, and your submission follows the guidance we have provided.
  • We welcome ambitious and creative applications, but please make sure your application demonstrates feasibility – be realistic in what you can achieve.
  • Include as much detail as possible about your costs and how they will allow you to deliver your project.

Download the application form

The application form and guidance will be updated and available to download when the next round opens. Please do not start filling in your application until the new window opens, as we may make some small changes to the form.