Community investment and funding

The Community Investment Team is here to help 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 exciting, innovative options for investing in your community, encouraging wider participation and involvement to make your community a better place to live.

We can offer a range of information and training sessions for groups, including regular updates on grant funding, meetings with your group to discuss funding options for your project, information sessions, training programmes and information and advice on alternative, innovative approaches to community investment. Alternative approaches include:


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

Find out if you're eligible

Whether you are eligible will depend on the nature of your organisation/group, its activities and the type and scale of the proposed project.  Please contact the Community Investment Team for further information.

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.

In addition, alternative financial approaches and investment models are available and these include, Community Shares, Crowdfunding and Participatory Budgeting.

The Community Investment Team also run funding and alternative finance and investment surgeries and events throughout the year. If you would like to reserve a place at one of these. Please contact the Community Investment Team for further information.

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

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:

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.

Contact Information

Community Investment Team
Telephone: 01563 578104
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