Edinburgh Local

Community grants

Our scheme helps the development of projects, community activities and sustainable local action through funding and collaboration. We support local people's vision for a better Edinburgh.

Video: Our Community Grants
Funding opportunities at the University of Edinburgh for community groups

About the grants

The aims of the Edinburgh Local Community Grants scheme are to: 

  • Increase engagement between the University and local communities
  • Have a positive social impact

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 not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.

The Community Grants Scheme is now closed.

Our micro-grant scheme is  also open all year round for applications for funding of up to £500.


Community Grant Scheme

Southside mural
Read everything you need to know about about the application process, eligibility to apply, and some tips for success.

Micro-grant Scheme

As well as our Community Grants Scheme that opens twice a year, local organisations can apply for a smaller award of up to £500 through our micro-grant scheme.

Reporting for grant holders 

PC Reuse project
We want to build relationships with our funded community grantees and so would like to keep in touch with you during the grant period, and perhaps beyond. 

Projects previously funded

community benefit pledge
Since 2017 we've provided more than £500,000 to 190 incredibly worthwhile community projects across the Edinburgh City Region.

Case studies

Community partners
The projects funded through the Edinburgh Local Community Grants Scheme are doing great work across the city. Read the inspirational stories from some of the projects.

We’re delighted that The University of Edinburgh has awarded us a grant which will help our organisation deliver even more important programmes for local people.

Fiona Morrison, Chief Executive Officer of Comas