• FW
  • /
  • Funding Opportunities for Voluntary Organisations & Charities

Funding Sources

Below is an updated list of funding for Voluntary Organisations and Charities as of 26th August. 

25.8.22 FUNDING ALERT Funding Finder August 2022

Funding Finder August 2022

New Fund Information:  Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition Fund (ARIA) and Bank of Scotland 2022 Change Grants Programme

Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition Fund (ARIA)

The Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (‘ARIA’) Fund is a replacement to EU rural development fund LEADER.  It is part of the Scottish Government’s Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme.   It will operate bottom-up decision making, similar to Ayrshire LEADER, delivered by representatives from the local area, the Local Action Group (LAG).

Eligible Area

Rural Ayrshire & the islands of Arran & Cumbrae, defined in the eligible area map.

Fund Priorities for 22/23 

ARIA Fund:

  • Community Wealth Building
  • Reducing Inequalities
  • Just Transition to Net Zero
  • Sustainable Tourism

Scottish Government:

  • Advancing inclusion, equality and diversity
  • Reducing poverty, especially child/fuel poverty
  • Net Zero and Climate Change
  • Community Wealth Building
  • The National Islands Plan

Eligible Organisations & Activity

Please see full applicant guidance. 


The fund will be relatively simple in its application/claims processes. The grant will be paid with a maximum of 50% up front for successful community groups/third sector organisation. 

 Indicative Key Dates:

  • Fund launch WC 29th August 22.

Applicants are required to consult with fund administrators prior to completing an application.

  • Closing date for applications – midnight, Friday 7th October 22.

Applicants will be encouraged to submit a draft prior to this.

  • Decision dates – late October/early November 22.
  • Projects completion, including claims – 28th February 23.  NB: eligible spend permitted from 1st September 22.

The ARIA Fund Applicant Guidance (available WC 29th Aug 22) should be consulted for full details.

the Bank Of Scotland Foundation 2022 Change Grants programme has been launched, this has a really short window to make applications, please see below for information.  Further information is included within the alert under the SCVO Listed Section.

2022 Change Grants Programme

Bank of Scotland Foundation recognises the significant impact that the cost of living crisis is having on people across Scotland. To ensure the funding can reach those in real need, the Change grants programme for 2022 will have a strong focus on helping charities address the crisis.

For the second year running, charities can apply for unrestricted funding through our Change programme. They hope that unrestricted core cost funding will give charities greater flexibility over how they use their resources, allowing them to respond quickly to a changing environment and adapt accordingly.

Offering up to £200k over two years, the Change programme extends a lifeline to charities allowing them to apply for whatever is their greatest priority and area of need – whether that be capital costs, project work, specific operating costs or unrestricted funding.

To be eligible for this programme charities must have a minimum of 3 years accounts lodged and checked at OSCR. (Please note these 3 years accounts must be for the charity number on the Change grant application.) In addition the annual income inserted in your application form, must be taken from the most recent accounts which have been lodged and checked at OSCR and must be between £500k and £5million.



About the author 

Heather Knox

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}