Funding is a key concern for most third sector organisations – and understandably so. The funding landscape in Scotland can be a bit of a ‘moveable feast’, however many websites allow you to search for specific grants to suit your needs and to sign up for bulletins about new funds as and when they arise.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Communities Fund

This fund is now open, with £241,000 to be allocated to community third sector organisations in Midlothian by the end of March 2022. More information about the Fund can be found in the following documents:

Local Partnership Plan

Fund Guidance (Midlothian)

Application Form (updated 05/01/22)

Find other funding opportunities

Probably the best known funding page is that of SCVO, which includes FAQ’s, a search engine and information about COVID-19 funding. You can view the page here.

National Lottery Community Fund provides regular updates and details of funds which are over or under subscribed. For newer organisations we recommend Awards 4 All as a great way into National Lottery Community Fund funding.

Often the best way to keep tabs on funding is by signing up to networks operating in your sector. Social Enterprise Network Scotland and DTAS, for example, all send out regular alerts with funding news, sometimes only available for their members.

Midlothian Council also has a regular small grants programme which you should keep an eye on. 

Get one to one support

If you want to discuss funding, get in touch and we can point you in the right direction. We also run training sessions about funding and financial sustainability – sign up to our training and funding bulletin to be kept up to date about these.