Community groups invited to apply for funding to support their work

Monday, 12 October, 2020

Organisations carrying out great work at the heart of our communities are being invited to bid for a fresh funding boost.Funding image

Applications can now be made - online only - for the latest round of the East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme.

Groups can apply for funding up to a maximum of £3,000 - by the deadline of Friday 30 October 2020 - provided they:

  • Have a constitution and a bank account
  • Are not for profit
  • Aim to bring benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire
  • Contribute to the priorities of the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan and help tackle inequalities.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the latest grants scheme will be entirely online - with officers available to provide groups with support if needed.

Current restrictions will be considered as part of the assessment process and applications which demonstrate innovative - and COVID-19 compliant - programmes and ideas are sought.

Forms and grant guidance are available on the Council website - visit for full details.

The guidance outlines the range of eligible activities which can be funded - including start-up costs, special projects, equipment, salaries and running costs - and the criteria by which grants are awarded.

Visit the website or e-mail for information/support.

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, said, "I am delighted to invite local organisations to apply for funding as part of the latest round of the East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme. It's a great way to access valuable support for important projects and work in local communities. Please make sure you apply before the deadline - 30 October 2020."

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "The pandemic has meant we can only accept online applications for the latest round, but assistance is available for those who require it. This excellent scheme is one of the ways that the Council provides funding to the community and voluntary sector - supporting local organisations to continue their work at the heart of our towns and villages."

Applications are assessed by the Grants Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations for awards to the 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 locally.

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

Organisations do not need to have Inland Revenue charitable status to apply.

The Council must receive all necessary information (including constitution, accounts and statement) by the deadline of 30 October 2020 to allow an application to be considered.

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

A second round of funding will be available in early 2021.

  • The Grants Advisory Committee is made up of volunteers, who provide a broad range of knowledge and experience - ensuring that the decisions made regarding funding make the biggest difference possible to the communities of East Dunbartonshire.
  • Applications for grants are assessed against the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan, which sets out the priority outcomes for East Dunbartonshire and focuses on improving public services across the authority area.
  • The outcomes are:

Local Outcome 1

East Dunbartonshire has a sustainable and resilient economy with busy town and village centres, a growing business base, and is an attractive place in which to visit and invest.

Local Outcome 2

Our people are equipped with knowledge and skills for learning, life and work.

Local Outcome 3

Our children and young people are safe, healthy and ready to learn.

Local Outcome 4

East Dunbartonshire is a safe place in which to live, work and visit.

Local Outcome 5

Our people experience good physical and mental health and wellbeing with access to a quality built and natural environment in which to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

Local Outcome 6

Our older population and more vulnerable citizens are supported to maintain their independence and enjoy a high quality of life, and they, their families and carers benefit from effective care and support services.

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