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: 

  1. Increase engagement between the University and local communities.
  2. Have a positive social impact.
  3. Create learning opportunities (including informal and non-traditional forms of learning).

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.

Our next round of Community Grants are open in autumn 2020.

Find out how you can support our Community Grants scheme.

How to apply

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


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, open all year round.

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