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The National Lottery Community Fund 

The National Lottery raises money for good causes.

People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen.

Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone.

There are 12 distributors of money raised by the players of The National Lottery, which fund projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage, and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture.

SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership body for Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector.

We champion the sector, provide services and debate big issues.

We’re passionate about what the voluntary sector can achieve. Along with our community of 2,000+ members, we believe that charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups make Scotland a better place.

We lobby government on policy issues, create jobs for young people and support organisations to embrace and promote digital skills. We also help with day-to-day stuff, like affordable office space, discounted training courses, funding opportunities and information and support to help people set up and run their organisations.

Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action

Dundee Voluntary Action provides support and advice for the third sector within the local area.

  • Capacity building support to Third Sector organisations by working with individuals organisations to build their effectiveness
  • Support them to identify their income strategy and diversify their income base
  • Provide a service to help them identify and apply for suitable funding
  • Help them with their organisational planning and development.
  • Help them recognise future opportunities and risks and develop suitable responses.
  • Give them advice on achieving good governance.
  • Support them in managing organisational changes  

Dundee Partnership Common Good Fund 

This funding is available for one-off awards that support ‘the common good’. Approximately £85k is available each year, with all applications assessed on their individual merit. Guidance is contained in the Common Good Application form, but if more information on potential eligibility is needed the contact is

The fund has opened to applications for 2021-22 with any applications received being assessed on receipt and decisions then made in June, September, December and March. Please ensure that you apply in advance of the deadlines in the form and take into account the decision making schedule when planning your activity.

Investing in Enterprise Fund

Investing in Enterprise Fund offers social enterprises blended finance, with up to 50% funding through grants and the remainder through loans, enabling them to become more sustainable, accessing opportunities less reliant on grant funding. Packages from £10,000 to £500,000 will be available to help successful applicants raise funds and only repay part of the total sum. All returned funds will be reinvested to provide additional social investment.

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more.

The grant scheme is open for applications and will provide grants of up to £1500 to support projects focused on children and families. The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, via an on-line application form. 

Tesco Community Grants will fund local good causes that focus on supporting children and families.
Examples include:

  • a local school needing food for a children’s breakfast club, 
  • a voluntary organisation working with families to run holiday clubs,
  • a charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
  • a brownie or scout group needing new tents,
  • a youth sports club needing new equipment,
  • a family advice centre wanting to recruit more volunteers,
  • or a local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

Social Enterprise Network Scotland (trading as SENScot) acts as the umbrella body for social enterprise networks in Scotland – a network of networks.  As a membership led organisation, SENScot represents, promotes and champions the work of front-line social enterprises, with a commitment to reflect the views and aspirations of our members.

SENScot came into being in 2020, following the merger of Social Firms Scotland and Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot). Over the last 20 years, Senscot and Social Firms Scotland worked to support the development and growth of social enterprise across Scotland and were instrumental in developing and shaping Scotland’s existing support infrastructure - both nationally and locally. SENScot has a membership of over 1500 local social enterprises – which includes membership drawn from 22 place based social enterprise networks (SENs) across urban and rural Scotland and 7 national thematic SENs.

SENScot seeks to: Provide Leadership within the Sector; Influence Policy and Represent the Sector and Support the Development of the Sector – at all times championing the work of front-line social enterprises, with a commitment to reflect the views and needs of our members at the national level.

Funding Scotland

Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using SCVO’s online search engine Funding Scotland! With fresh new branding, website & improved search & filters, it's never been easier to find the right fund for your organisation -

Community Learning Exchanges

Great news this week that Community Learning Exchanges (CLEs) have been funded for another year. All SENs and their members can access these fully funded CLE visits via SENScot – last year they were only available virtually but this year opening back up to face to face visits – obviously following existing COVID restrictions.

All details including application forms and guidance can be found in this link,