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 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

Please note that current restrictions will be considered as part of the scoring process and encourage applications that demonstrate innovative and COVID compliant programmes and ideas.

The details for submission of applications in 2020-21 are:

Closing date for Round 1 - Friday 30 October 2020 Grants Advisory Committee will assess projects early December. Payments after CPP Board approval and signed letters of grant returned.

Closing date for Round 2 - Friday 5 February 2021 Grants Advisory Committee will assess projects early March. Payments after CPP Board approval and signed letters of grant returned.

Please note that the process is entirely online for 2020-21 - we will NOT be able to accept paper applications or enclosures. Your application must be submitted via the web form or by emailing the downloaded form within the document section of the page (after reading the grant guidance).

We must receive all your enclosures (constitution, accounts, statement) by the deadline or we will not progress your application: communitygrants@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

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.

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.