About Henry Duncan Grants

Henry Duncan Grants are now closed to applications in 2021.

Organisation Grants and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethic Project Grants are now closed to applications.

This year’s Henry Duncan Grants will fund community-based support for mental health and wellbeing.

Around one in three people in Scotland are estimated to experience mental ill health in any year. The impacts aren’t spread equally across the population, with adults living in areas of poverty approximately twice as likely to have common mental health problems. It seems likely that the health, economic and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will increase people’s need for support with mental health and wellbeing. Many of the stories emerging from the past year have shown how important community support has been.

This year’s Henry Duncan Grants has three strands:

  • Organisation Grants (now closed)
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Project Grants (now closed)
  • Micro Grants (now closed)

Corra believes diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is fundamental to it’s ten-year strategy. As a result, the team are working proactively to reach, and be accessible to diverse communities. You can read more on the 2021 Henry Duncan Grants here and the inclusion of a strand focused on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

  • Open to small charities and voluntary groups supporting communities experiencing disadvantage to improve mental health and wellbeing by reducing isolation and loneliness. This includes Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and rural communities.
  • Organisations with an annual income up to £50,000.
  • One-off grants of max. £1,000.

Apply for Micro Grant:

Please read the grant theme guidelines and application guidance before sending the application form. You can use the word template to prepare your application before copying the information into the online form. Please note that all applications must be sent to us using the online application form.

Details on upcoming online information and advice sessions, designed to help with the application process, can be found here.

Micro Grants Theme Guidelines

Micro Grants Theme Guidelines – Easy Read Version

Micro Grants Application Guidance

Micro Grants Word Template Application Form (to help draft answers)

Please note that the closing date for applications was 14th December 2021 at 12pm. 

  • Open to charities with a core focus on supporting people of any age who experience mental ill health.
  • Organisations with an annual income up to £500,000.
  • Max. £8,000 per year.
  • Up to five years.
  • Closing date – 21st July 2021. (Now closed)
  • Open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic led charities delivering projects that support people of any age who experience mental ill health.
  • Organisations with annual income up to £500,000.
  • Max £8,000 per year.
  • Up to three years.
  • Closing Date – 21st July 2021. (Now closed)

Get in touch

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

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 2021.

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