The funding alerts listed below are updated regularly to let you know about important information with regards to impending funding deadlines, in particular those emergency funds related to COVID-19 for community groups and charities.

If your group is awarded a grant from any of the funds highlighted in these alerts please let us know by emailing

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Scottish Government - Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme

This is a capital programme to help with tackling persistent vacant and derelict land and supporting place based approaches to delivering regeneration and sustainable inclusive growth, as part of a ‘just transition’ to net-zero by 2045. 

This fund is now open for applications on the Scottish Government website. The deadline for stage 1 applications is 24 June 2022. 

Apply at Scottish Government: Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme

VisitScotland - Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF)

RTIF is designed to support collaborative projects which focus on improving the visitor experience in rural parts of Scotland that are facing pressure on their infrastructure and communities as a result of visitor numbers.

The fund is now open for applications on the VisitScotland website. The deadline for stage 1 applications is 21 July 2022. Design grants of up to £6,000 at 70% intervention rate are available for any projects submitting an Expression of Interest before this date.

Apply at VisitScotland: Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund 

Co-op Local Community Fund

Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can now apply for grants from the Co-op Local Community Fund, which allows Co-op members to support the projects they care most about.During this round, funding is for projects that:

  • enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone
  • help improve people’s mental wellbeing.
  • offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community.
  • help people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

In most communities, grants will be around £1,000 to £3,000, with up to three projects from each community chosen. .

The fund is open for applications on the Co-op website. The deadline to apply is 29 May 2022.

Apply at Co-op: Local Community Fund

Local Energy Scotland - Net Zero Community Buildings Fund

Local Energy Scotland is offering grants of up to £80,000 for community groups, registered charities, and other not-for-profit organisations across Scotland to support the installation of low-carbon and renewable energy measures in community buildings and to help support decarbonisation.

The fund is now open for applications on the Local Energy Scotland website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply at Local Energy Scotland: Net Zero Community Buildings Fund

Ofcom - Community Radio Fund

Ofcom is offering grants for licensed community radio stations in the UK, broadcasting on AM, FM, or by a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence on a digital radio multiplex.

There is no minimum or maximum amount that can be applied for.

The fund is now open for applications on the Ofcom website. The deadline for applications to the first round is 10 June 2022. 

Apply at Ofcom - Community Radio Fund

Rosa - Stand With Us Fund

Originally set up by Reclaim These Streets as part of a wider movement encouraging thousands to speak out against male violence, Rosa has now opened its Stand With Us Fund, which will see grants of up to £25,000 given to organisations against gender-based violence in the UK.The fund is exclusively open to women’s and/or girls’ organisations.

Rosa defines women’s and girls’ organisations as those which are run by, for and with women and girls. 

The fund is now open for nominations on the Rosa website. The deadline for applications is 9 June 2022.

Apply at Rosa: Stand With Us Fund

Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust is accepting applications from UK charities with a turnover of £10,000 to £500,000 that have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and the Trust can support annual repeat funding for up to three years.The funding will support a project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the communication skills ready for employment. 

The fund is now open for applications on the Thomas Wall Trust website. The next deadline for applications is 19 September 2022.

Apply at Thomas Wall Trust

East Ayrshire Council community grants

The next closing date for applications is 22 April 2022. These applications will be considered at the Grants Committee on 1 June 2022.

Apply for a Community Grant

Renewable energy funds

To check the next deadline date for applications please contact Democratic Services at Council Headquarters on 01563 554400 further information.

Apply for the Renewable Energy Fund

East Ayrshire Council COVID-19 Community Support Grant

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups who are implementing actions to assist their communities with COVID-19 projects. 

Apply for the COVID-19 Community Support Grant 

Tincornhill Quarry Fund – Sorn

For further information on application criteria and deadlines please email

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East Ayrshire 4 Community

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

Contact Information


Community Investment Team
Telephone: 01563 578104