Funding available to support groups at the heart of our communities

Monday, 13 January, 2020

Could your organisation benefit from a boost? Applications are being invited for the next round of the East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme.Community grants poster

Groups can apply for up to £3,000, provided they:

  • Have a constitution
  • Have a bank account
  • Are not for profit
  • Aim to bring benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire
  • Contribute to the priority areas of the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan and help tackle inequalities.

The Council's East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme has up to £45,000 available to be distributed among organisations as part of the latest round.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7 February 2020.

Forms and grant guidance are available on the Council website - visit for full details.

The guidance outlines the range of eligible activities which can be funded - including start-up costs, special projects, equipment, salaries and running/capital costs - and the criteria by which grants are awarded.

Joint Council Leader, Councillor Vaughan Moody, said, "This excellent scheme is one of the ways that the Council provides funding to the community and voluntary sector - supporting local organisations, big and small, to continue their work at the heart of our towns and villages."

Joint Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Polson, added, "Any group which has a constitution, a bank account, is not for profit and aims to bring benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire can apply. It's a great way to access valuable support for important projects and work in local communities."

Applications are assessed by the Grants Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations for awards to the Community Planning Partnership (CPP).

The CPP includes the Council, East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust and other organisations providing public services locally.

Please note, sports or arts-related projects are required to apply to East Dunbartonshire Sports Council or East Dunbartonshire Arts Council in the first instance.

Organisations do not need to have Inland Revenue charitable status to apply.

If you are successful in receiving a grant, you will need to complete and return a monitoring and evaluation form towards the end of the grant period.

Check out the grants newsletter which outlines projects which have been funded recently by visiting

  • The Grants Advisory Committee is made up of volunteers, who provide a broad range of knowledge and experience - ensuring that the decisions made regarding funding make the biggest difference possible to the communities of East Dunbartonshire.
  • Applications for grants are assessed against the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan, which sets out the priority outcomes for East Dunbartonshire and focuses on improving public services across the authority area.

The outcomes are:

Local Outcome 1

East Dunbartonshire has a sustainable and resilient economy with busy town and village centres, a growing business base, and is an attractive place in which to visit and invest.

Local Outcome 2

Our people are equipped with knowledge and skills for learning, life and work.

Local Outcome 3

Our children and young people are safe, healthy and ready to learn.

Local Outcome 4

East Dunbartonshire is a safe place in which to live, work and visit.

Local Outcome 5

Our people experience good physical and mental health and wellbeing with access to a quality built and natural environment in which to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

Local Outcome 6

Our older population and more vulnerable citizens are supported to maintain their independence and enjoy a high quality of life, and they, their families and carers benefit from effective care and support services.

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