Links to other funding bodies
This list is not exhaustive, and some of the links may not be up to date - please contact the webmaster to list any links that we've missed, or which you find are no longer valid.
SPRUK Scottish power renewables UK, the Dun Law windfarm developer.
Other organisations that award grants
Although the grants from the Dun Law Windfarm Trust can be relatively substantial of themselves, the trust, ultimately, administers a finite pot of money. Particularly when dealing with large projects, it will often be useful for applicants to use funds from the Trust as a source of matched funding when applying to other grant-awarding bodies. For example, a contribution of £1000 towards a project could lead to an award of £5000 from the Trust, which could then be used to obtain a further £6,000 in matched funding from, say, the Big Lottery Fund, thus giving the project an £12,000 award from a £1000 investment. A list of bodies that fund applications from Scotland is given below. The list is far from exhaustive, and we would be grateful to hear of any useful organisations that are not listed below.
General award bodies
Awards for all (award range: £500-£10,000)
Big Lottery Fund (award range: £300-£500,000)
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage though innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. HLF has supported more than 33,900 projects allocating £4. 4billion across the UK.
Your Heritage provides grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to support community-focused heritage projects. To qualify for a grant your project should either conserve and enhance our diverse heritage or encourage communities to identify, look after and celebrate their heritage. The project must also increase opportunities for learning about heritage; and open up heritage resources and sites to the widest possible audiences. These can include caring for the natural landscape, conserving historic buildings, places and objects, involving people in exploring local cultures, traditions, languages and ways of life.
Challenge Funding (awards up to £750) The Council for British Archaeology invites groups, societies and individuals to put forward proposals to support new or existing innovative research projects, which will enhance the understanding of local heritage, and thus aid its future care.
This trust gives small grants of approximately £500 towards research into medieval Scottish archaeology and history. There is no formal application form but you should write a letter to the Trust, outlining your research project, the expected costs and the sum you wish to claim. Contact Hunter Archaeological Trust, c/o Russell & Aitken Solicitors, King's Court, High Street, Falkirk, FK1 1PQ, telephone 01324 622888.
The Marc Fitch Fund offers awards to individuals and organisations for research and publication in the fields of archaeology, historical geography, history of art and architecture and other antiquarian, archaeological or historical studies. The emphasis is on the regional and local history of the British Isles.
The J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust has distributed nearly £30 million to over 3,000 worthwhile causes all over the UK. Historic landscapes and wilderness are among the beneficial areas which are considered for grants, as well as conservation in the broadest sense (including training), with emphasis on ensuring that fine buildings, landscapes and collections remain or become available to the general public or scholars. Grants are usually in the £5 - 15,000 range, for both capital and revenue. Those for salaries or running costs can be repeated on an annual basis for a maximum of 3 years. Applications are processed all the time, and three months is the least it usually takes to award a grant. Some small grants of up to £2,000 are also made in between the quarterly trustee meetings.
Manifold Trust (no web link)
The Trust supports the preservation of culturally important activities and buildings. Areas covered include: churches; arts and education; the environment and social causes. Most grants are between £500 and £5,000 but larger grants are also given. All applicants must be of registered charitable status. General enquiries and applications for grants should be made in writing only. For more information contact: The Secretary to Corporate Trustee, The Manifold Trust, Shottesbrooke House, Maidenhead, SL6 3SW.
Economic and Community Development
This is part of the new Scotland Rural Development Programme, aimed at promoting economic and community development within rural areas. The aim of LEADER is to increase the capacity of local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills, innovate and co-operate in order to tackle local development objectives.
The Scottish Community Foundation offers grants of up to £5000 to a broad cross section of constituted groups involved in social welfare and community development activities.
O2 Its Your Community is a funding stream for community projects offering grants of up to £1000. Applications are assessed monthly and there is no annual deadline.
Heritage Link funding directory for voluntary groups.
Funding factfile detailing grants for environmental projects
Local Councils for Voluntary Service have copies of the Funderfinder database and can arrange access.
Culture.info website offering funding advice, guidance and support, as well as listings of key UK, European and international funding foundations
Sources of funding throughout rural Scotland
Funding information from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise website offering assistance and guidance to communities who want to develop cultural and heritage projects.
Scottish Enterprise website for advice and guidance.