Supporting Communities Fund – funding for community groups

The Council’s Supporting Communities Fund is currently open (closing 20th March) and community groups can apply for funding to take forward projects that you intend to deliver between June 2021 and December 2022.

This year, we are encouraging projects who fit our four key priorities:

Fairer Communities – tackling poverty by sharing opportunities.
Projects funded under this criteria will remove financial barriers for people in communities, particularly children and young people, to opportunities for learning, sports, activities, or employment. For example this may include funding of transport costs, sports equipment or musical instruments.

Resilient Communities – rebuilding and repairing from a pandemic/capacity building.
Projects funded under this criteria will tackle the effects of the pandemic on both individuals and groups, such as tackling loneliness and isolation; digital exclusion, building skills and confidence in getting online in order to meet safely; as well as supporting our smaller organisations to recover and re-build stronger and adapt to the changed circumstances. We will only award where groups were unable to access funds from the Scottish Government for this purpose.

This includes more general resilience in the sense of community-led, inclusive economic development and therefore costs of Community Actions Plans and feasibility studies as well as the many ways communities want to upskill and increase their capacity to improve their places.

Greener, cleaner communities – environmental action to support addressing climate change
Projects funded under this criteria would be concerned with a range of activities to improve impact on the environment including: energy efficiency measures for both organisations and community members; enhancement and restoration of the natural environment, making the countryside more accessible; decarbonisation activities –e.g. walking projects, sharing of facilities, and resource efficiency initiatives, such as community transport.

Creative Communities – Creativity for Health and Wellbeing
Projects funded under this criteria would deliver activities related to music, art, theatre, Gaelic, history and heritage and in particular where participation in creative projects improves health and wellbeing.

Applications forms are available from the link below, and help or support is available from…/third-sector-grants