The Community Investment Team is here to help voluntary/community groups and organisations not only think about and apply for grant funding, but to consider alternative finance approaches to support their work.

There are a variety of innovative options for investing in your community, encouraging wider participation and involvement to make your community a better place to live.

We offer regular updates on grant funding, information sessions, meetings with your group to discuss funding options for your project and information and advice on alternative approaches to community investment. Alternative approaches include:

COVID-19 funding

A list of funds specifically dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and its impact can be found on our community investment alerts page

UK community renewal fund

Find out about the UK Government's Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) and what organisations can submit expressions of interest.


Funding for projects is available from a number of sources including East Ayrshire CouncilScottish Government, UK Government, Charitable Trusts and Foundations. Some of the main grant funders include:

In addition to traditional grant funding there are a number of crowdfunding platforms, such as:

Please note other crowdfunding platforms are available.

Community investment alerts

The Community Investment Team produces regular alerts which provide details on sources of funding and application deadlines for community and voluntary organisations, as well as details of training, workshops and events. View our community investment alerts.

You can also search for grants and check your eligibility at East Ayrshire 4 Community, which is a free service.

Further information

For further information on any of the above please complete the community investment enquiry form. This will allow us to assess the level of support required and respond to you with appropriate information.

If you experience any difficulty in using the above systems, please contact the Community Investment Team.

We cannot provide advice on accessing funding for individuals, non-constituted organisations or profit making businesses. However, the following contacts will be able to provide further information:

Contact Information

Community Investment Team
Telephone: 01563 578104