Monthly Funding Round Up - September 2017

Below is our monthly funding round up of grant funding for the third sector in North Lanarkshire:

Kelvin Valley & Falkirk Leader Programme

Next Expression of Interest Deadline: 8th September 2017

This scheme is open for applications for projects operating in eligible rural areas of North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and Falkirk.

Grants of up to 50% of eligible costs between £5,000 and £125,000 are available for projects that meet one of the following priorities:

• Heritage, Tourism and Leisure

• Community Services and Facilities

• Local Business and Employment

Grants of up 50% of eligible costs up to £25,000 are also available for farm diversification and rural enterprise projects.

For more information contact the Kelvin Valley & Falkirk LEADER Team on 01324 590 711 or visit their website.

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Lanarkshire LEADER Programme

This scheme provides financial assistance for community and economic development projects in the Lanarkshire rural area. This includes most of South Lanarkshire south of Hamilton and East Kilbride and an area of North Lanarkshire to the South of Cumbernauld and east of Airdrie and Wishaw.

In order to be eligible for support, projects need to fit with a Local Development Strategy. This sets out the priorities and objectives of the Programme and it is against these that applications for funding will be assessed.

For more information contact the Lanarkshire LEADER Team on 01555 665064 or email them at

BBC Children in Need - Curiosity Fund

Next Application Deadline: 22nd September 2017

This scheme is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust in order to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.

To be eligible for grants of up to £10,000 projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.

For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be disadvantage if they have:

  • An illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Eligible projects should not focus upon ‘teaching’ science in a more fun and hands-on way than children and young people might experience at school. Children and young people should have their curiosity stimulated and be empowered to ask questions that are relevant to them, by encouraging them to use their own expertise and experiences.

Grant activities should take place between January 2018 and September 2018. It is anticipated that up to 20 organisations will receive a grant in the first funding round. Organisations that miss this round may be able to apply again in September 2018 when the second round is expected to open for applications.

To be eligible for funding applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate.

Organisations that already hold grant funding from Children in Need or the Wellcome Trust are eligible for funding.

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Comic Relief: Core Strength – Local Communities

Next Application Deadline: 4th October 2017 (12pm)

The Core Strength – Local Communities initiative provides funding for essential core running costs for small locally led community organisations.  Grants between £1,000 to £10,000 for up to 12 months are available to local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000. The initiative will sit under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities – supporting groups who work to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.  

The programme will support core costs only (meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs.)

You can apply for overheads (rent, staff, volunteers, heat/light, stationery/small equipment, internet etc), organisational development (staff/volunteer/trustee training, business planning, marketing and communications, monitoring and evaluation).

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Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland becomes the Corra Foundation

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland becomes the Corra Foundation. Alongside the announcement of its new name and brand, the organisation has published the next iteration of its strategy, Change for Good.

Corra Foundation Chief Executive, Fiona Duncan said:

“We are delighted to share the next iteration of our strategy, along with a name and brand that connect with our roots, whilst providing our foundations for the future.

Between now and 2019 Change for Good will see us build on our aspirations to be the best grant maker we can be, get alongside communities – including those we don’t historically reach – and use our 30 years+ grant making experience to support others. Within all of this we will seek to go further, be bolder and above all to make partnership an underpinning principle of our approach.

We are hugely excited as we look forward to working with the many others who share the Corra Foundation’s passion for tackling some of the biggest challenges so that people are able to create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.”

Corra Foundation Chair, Trevor Civval said:

“As the Corra Foundation we will strive to be a progressive voice and be willing to innovate to help us achieve our mission which remains focused on making a difference to people and communities, by encouraging positive change, opportunities, fairness and growth of aspirations, which improve quality of life.”

More information, including Fiona Duncan’s blog can be found at or via Twitter, or by contacting