Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund

This fund is open for applications

The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a Scottish Government fund worth £500,000 administered by Corra Foundation.

Coronavirus has had a significant effect in the way we all live and work. It has impacted on how as neighbours and communities we connect and relate to each other. The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are connecting and supporting people within their local community. The Fund aims to specifically reach groups who:

  • Have strong local relationships.
  • Help increase the wellbeing and social connections for communities.

It is only available to groups that are rooted in their community, require a small amount of money, and have received little/or no emergency funding during the pandemic.

To view a list of community and voluntary organisations in receipt of Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities funding as of March 2021 click here.

Eligibility and Fund information

Who can apply?

Community groups, membership groups, voluntary groups, social enterprises, and charities who:

  • Have local people leading the delivery of support/activities for the benefit of their community.
  • Provide support or activities for their community at no charge and/or small fee.
  • Have a volunteer management committee.
  • Confirm any potential profits are used to benefit the local community and/or other charitable purposes.
  • Groups who do not have a constitution or bank account may still be able to apply. In this case,  groups must have a relationship with a local “buddy organisation” who can support their application.

Groups who were established to help meet the needs of their neighbourhood during the pandemic are eligible, as long as they meet other criteria.

Who can’t apply?

  • Groups that are currently in receipt of Scottish Government Coronavirus Recovery and/or Emergency funding.
  • Sole trader.
  • Groups looking for funds for political campaigning or promoting religious activities.

How much is available and what can it be used for?

Grants usually between £1,000 – £2,000 (maximum of up to £5,000) will be available. Funds will be unrestricted to help groups cover running costs or deliver support or activities in their local area over the next 12 months. Examples of what funds could cover:

  • Providing ongoing support to local people impacted by coronavirus (e.g. social connections/ shopping).
  • Helping pay for volunteer expenses.
  • Covering rental for accessing community space (when restrictions are lifted and access to space is allowed).
  • Planning future activities during school holiday periods.
  • Helping volunteers and community members stay safe (e.g. PPE, training).

Application and Criteria

How to apply?

Groups and organisations will need to complete a short online application that will ask for:

  • Information about the group/organisation.
  • Contact details for a member of the group.
  • How the group or organisation supports their community.
  • How much money is required.
  • How the money will be used.

You will also need to provide a copy of your constitution.

If your group or organisation does not have a constitution or their own bank account you may still be able to apply through a ‘Buddy Organisation’. Buddy organisations must have their own constitution, bank account, and operate within the same local community. The buddy will need to confirm they know your group and that they are able to hold money in their account on your group’s behalf.

If you have any questions about applying through a buddy organisation or need any support to complete the form please contact Laura Mathieson laura@corra.scot 

Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund Criteria Outline and Application Guidance

Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Application form 

Next Steps

What happens next

Once the application is received Corra will send an email acknowledging receipt. Corra will review the application to ensure it meets criteria and is eligible for support. Should there be any questions or missing information someone from Corra will be in touch.

Please note any grant offer may be adjusted based on the costs applied for being proportionate to the size and needs of the groups.

Corra will aim to provide a decision within two weeks of receiving the form.

If successful, the group will receive an email advising them of the grant amount, grant conditions, and payment information. The email will also tell groups about the monitoring requirements and potential follow-up call on the benefit the grant made to the community.

If unsuccessful, the group will receive an email advising why the application did not fit the criteria and why they did not receive support.