Eligibility Criteria – Organisations


The funding payments we make to organisations range from £200 to £5,000. Most payments, however, tend to be for under £2,000 (on a one off, quarterly or annual basis depending on circumstances and agreement).

We are able to offer the following types of funding for organisations:

Revenue funding

This can be in the form of core or project funding. Such funding is for a maximum initial 3-year period. Our funding cap is up to 50% of salary/project costs. We will only contribute to the funding of one member of staff per application. We can provide match-funding where there is already third party funding in place for the same matter.

Capital funding

We will contribute up to 10% of total project costs up to maximum of £5,000, although most capital funding awarded is for substantially less than that. The types of capital funding we normally contribute to relate to: building upgrade, refurbishment, equipment – each of which carries a fairly wide definition (see immediately below)

Revenue and capital

We will consider applications for revenue and capital funding. Such applications might include, for example: a contribution towards running costs, a contribution towards an improvement programme, a contribution towards the salary or salary costs of, say, a project co-ordinator. Capital contributions (whether under the specific heading of Capital or Capital and Revenue) might include, say: replacement windows, a new toilet, new desks, new computers or other technology, painting and decorating or other refurbishment, a new minibus and so on and so forth.

Why we turn down an application

While finalising your application please consider:

  1. If the principal work you do is work commonly delivered outside Scotland. Is it work common to many parts of the UK?
  2. Realistically, does your work really match our themes and priorities.? We do not fund:
    1. Work that takes place outwith Scotland;
    2. Work that falls outwith our funding themes and priorities. (We prioritise work that aims to reduce inequalities by responding to identified needs and disadvantages.)
  3. Can you demonstrate a reasonable track record of successfully delivering the work you focus on? If your organisation is new, we need to see evidence supportive of the right people, partnerships and processes, in place of the requirement to furnish a detailed track record. CVs are often supportive of the right people so it’s useful for us to consider these.
  4. Are you able to demonstrate the potential impact and reach of your work? (We will take into account past impact and on what you’ve learnt from that experience.)
  5. Is the impact of your work of very limited scope and impact?
  6. Are you able to provide us with sufficient detail to allow us to make an informed decision about your application?
  7. If you are delivering some kind of public service, are you able to demonstrate to us that the service you provide has long term viability and sustainability? While we do not fund statutory services, we will consider applications for work that has previously been funded by the state if the applicant can demonstrate a continued public sector contribution, a plan for long term sustainability and a strong match to our themes and priorities.

If you cannot answer these questions (where relevant to your application) in the affirmative, then we may well have to reject your application.

Are we the right Funder for you?

To assist you further in determining whether or not we are the right funder for you, we also do not fund the following:

  • Projects and activities whose sole purpose is the promotion of religious or political beliefs;
  • Work, the sole purpose of which constitutes research and feasibility studies;
  • Groups that do not provide direct support;
  • Memorials, statues and the like;
  • Although we can provide a contribution towards same, we do not provide replacement funding where there has been a removal of statutory funding;
  • ‘Events’ that are largely non-educational;
  • The original purchase of buildings or land, as opposed to refurbishment or renovation of same;
  • Work to be carried out for a party/applicant who has a short term interest in a property (e.g. an applicant on a lease of less than 5 years).