Community Grants Scheme

The Community Grants Scheme is one of the ways that the Council provides funding to the community and voluntary sector.   Any group that has a constitution, a bank account, is not for profit and aims to bring benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire can apply to the grants scheme. You do not need to have Inland Revenue charitable status to apply.

Applications for grants are assessed against the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) which sets out the priority outcomes for East Dunbartonshire and focuses on improving public services across the authority.  This document is created in partnership by the East Dunbartonshire 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 to the people of East Dunbartonshire.

These priority outcomes are:

  • East Dunbartonshire has an expanding economy with a competitive and diverse business and retail base
  • Our people are equipped with knowledge, skills and training to enable them to employment
  • Our children and young people are safe, healthy and ready to learn
  • East Dunbartonshire is a safe and sustainable environment in which to live, work and visit
  • Our people and communities enjoy increased physical and mental wellbeing and health inequalities are reduced
  • Our older population are supported to enjoy a high quality of life and our more vulnerable citizens, their families and carers benefit from effective care and support services

You can apply for a grant for a wide range of purposes as long as it is not for profit and brings benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire. In your application, you can ask for funding for:

  • start-up costs
  • special projects
  • equipment
  • salaries
  • running or capital costs

Applications are assessed by the Grants Advisory Committee who make recommendations to the Community Planning Partnership regarding which grants they believe should be awarded.

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

Application Rounds

Grants deadline for Round 1 - Grants Deadline Friday 4 October - Grant Advisory Committee Wednesday 23 October -
Community Planning Partnership Board 10 December 2019.

Grants deadline for Round 2 -Grants Deadline Friday 7 February - Grants Advisory Committee Wednesday 26 February-
Community Planning Partnership Board 26 March 2020.

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

The attached Community Grants E-Newsletter will give you details of most recent successful applications to the East Dunbartonshire Community Grant Scheme and how previous grant awards were used in the community.

You can apply using the application form within the document section of the page (after reading the grant guidance) or complete our online form.

At the end of the year when your project is completed you need to send us a monitoring form. You can use the form within the document section of the page or complete our online form.