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

The Community Grants Scheme is now closed. The next round will open in Autumn 2024.

About the grants

The aims of the Community Grants Scheme are to:  

  1. Have a positive social impact for people living in the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Scottish Borders and/or Fife by contributing to one or more of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 No Poverty3 Good Health and Wellbeing4 Quality Education8 Decent Work and Economic Growth10 Reduced Inequalities11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
  2. Develop positive relationships between the University and your community organisation.

Our micro-grant scheme is also open all year round for applications for funding of up to £500. Applications are welcome from not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises. 


Community Grant Scheme

Southside mural
The Community Grants Scheme is now closed. The next round will open in Autumn 2024.

Midlothian STEM Community Grants (open)

Midlothian STEM Community Grants - photo: rocket launch Glencorse 2014
Applications for Midlothian STEM Community Grants are now open, from Monday 29 April until 5pm Friday 17 May 2024.

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.

The Community Grant Scheme: Five years of community impact

Over five years, our Community Grant Scheme has supported community-led initiatives across South East Scotland, disbursing over £555,700 to 176 organisations.

Projects previously funded

community benefit pledge
Since 2017 we've provided more than £600,000 to over 200 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