About Henry Duncan Grants

The theme for Henry Duncan Grants in 2020 was enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty. Standard and Micro grant applications relating to the 2020 theme are now closed.

Further information on the theme for 2021, funding round dates, and guidance for applicants, will be published in May 2021.

Supporting grassroots charities through funding that comes with trust and time

Grassroots charities make a big difference to the lives of millions of people throughout Scotland. Henry Duncan Grants plays a small role in supporting their work through providing £1m each year across a wide range of groups.

Henry Duncan Grants was relaunched in 2020. Speaking to charities made it clear that groups want funding that comes with trust (fewer restrictions and lighter touch processes) and time (the option of funding over more than one year).

The main changes are:

  • A move to multi-year grants of up to five years.
  • Greater flexibility, with grants unrestricted wherever possible.
  • Lighter touch processes.
  • A rolling programme of micro grants.
  • Continuing to have a broad focus, but with yearly themes.


Click here to see a full list of organisations supported through Henry Duncan Grants in 2020.

Themes 2020 – 2024

To make the biggest impact it can, Henry Duncan Grants will focus on a different theme each year, with grants aimed at:

2020 – Enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty

2021 – Improving mental health and wellbeing

2022 – Supporting children and young people facing challenges

2023 – Increasing opportunities for disabled people and people with long term conditions

2024 – Supporting people experiencing inequality or discrimination

Corra will offer support to funded groups to come together with others working on the same themes to network and share learning.

If you need any more information, the team at Corra is always happy to talk, so please get in touch by emailing hello@corra.scot or calling us on 0131 444 4020.