Community Grants Scheme

** Please note, applications for Round 2 of the Community Grants Scheme are being accepted between 18 November and 22 December 2023 (at 5pm). See below for links to the webforms. **

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 charitable status to apply.

The Community Grant Scheme is committed to encourage and support community-led activities, that result in a community benefit for East Dunbartonshire residents.

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. 


Your application must be submitted via the webforms:




Please note the online form must be completed and submitted in one sitting – you cannot save and return to it. We recommend that applicants read the FAQ’s below before completing their application.

Or alternatively you can fill out the pdf version at the bottom of this page and email to

Who can Apply?

To apply an organisation must be operating in East Dunbartonshire Council area and must:

  • Have a constitution or other document setting out how the organisation is constituted
  • Be a not for profit organisation
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Have properly approved independent examined accounts or agreed procedures in place for recording income and expenditure if new organisations projected accounts
  • Have met the reporting requirements in relation to any projects previously funded by the Council
  • The project must meet at least one outcome of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP)

What can we fund?

  • You can apply for a grant for a wide range of projects as long as it is not for profit and brings benefits to the residents of East Dunbartonshire. You can apply for capital, revenue, consumables, ongoing capital and overhead costs
  • In your application you can ask for funding for start-up costs, special projects, equipment and salaries
  • Applications may only be made for costs incurred throughout the period of one year
  • Religious organisations that want to carry out work in the community can apply to the grant scheme

When can you apply?

There are two opportunities to apply for funding in 2023/2024:

  • Round 1 opened on 26 June 2023 and closed on 28 July 2023
  • Round 2 will open on 18 November 2023 and close on 22 December 2023 at 5pm

How to apply?

Submit a completed signed application. Provide the requested supporting information:-

  • A copy of your organisation’s constitution or other document setting out how the organisation is constituted
  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent approved independently examined accounts or if you are a new organisation an income and expenditure plan for the first year
  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement
  • Copies of 2 quotes/estimates that your organisation has obtained for individual items costing £500 or more that you are seeking funding for
  • Proof of ownership or signed copy of a lease in favour of your organisation if this grant is to be used to fund improvements to land or buildings owned/leased by your organisation
  • Copies of any licences/ consents granted to your organisation which may be relevant to the application (only if applicable)
  • A Job Description for each post to be funded or part funded with this grant

How we assess your application?

Applications are considered on individual merit by the Grant Advisory Committee. Your application will be assessed on the following criteria:-

  • Community impact
  • Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP)
  • Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)
  • Value for Money
  • Financial Viability
  • Project management (for applications £5,000 - £10,000)

What happens next?

  • All applications will be assessed and scored against the same set of criteria, as set out in the Scoring Matrix.
  • Due diligence checks will be undertaken
  • Applications made will be assessed by Grants Advisory Committee
  • Those applications with a score of 10 or above for grant applications below £5,000 and those scoring 13 or above for grant applications between £5,000 and £10,000 will be put forward for award
  • Final determination of the outcome of your application are made by the Community Planning Partnership Board
  • If awarded a grant you will be notified by letter
  • When a grant has been approved, and the terms & conditions met, payment is usually made directly to your organisation’s bank account, normally within 14 working days of formal notification via BACS transfer
  • A blank monitoring report is issued with your award letter; this should be completed and returned as soon as your project is completed. All grants must be spent within 12 months of award. Further applications cannot be considered until previous projects have been satisfactorily monitored and accepted as complete
  • If you are not awarded a grant, you will receive a letter explaining why. Unsuccessful applicants can reapply in future if they have an eligible project

Need more help with your application?

If you are not sure about applying or require assistance please contact us on by the deadline in order for your application to be considered.

Community Planning
East Dunbartonshire Council
Southbank House
Strathkelvin Place
G66 1XQ

Tel: 0300 123 4510


East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action
Unit 4/5 18-20 Townhead
G66 1NL

Tel: 0141 578 6680

Monitoring and Evaluation 

If successful in receiving a grant, 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 (new form coming soon).

Case Studies

Projects Funded by Community Grants in 2023/24

Scheme A

Group Name

Target Group

Purpose of Grant


1st Lenzie Company, the Boys Brigade


Boys Brigade members, 5-25years



to transport costs and musical instruments and equipment


3rd Bearsden BB Company


Young people


To hall hire, subscriptions, trips and equipment


Addiction Recovery centre


Everyone who wishes to live a life free of substance abuse



to Running costs, food, subsistence and volunteer costs



Auchinairn Parent and Toddlers


Families in Auchinairn with pre 5's



to Festive Outing to M&D's Christmas Fun, lets, bus and payment of lets


Bearsden & Milngavie Youth Orchestra



EDC letting and Honorarium

(nominal charge for professional service).



People local to Bishopbriggs


To hall hire, Craft activities, music and dance, decorations and food and drink


Bishopbriggs Community Council

All of Bishopbriggs and Auchinairn


To speakers and microphones, defibrators, casting units and installation


Campsie Parish Church




To Sounds system, gazebo, song sheets, banners, flyers, refreshments, music teacher salary


Cruse Scotland




To salary costs, volunteer training, supervision and travel



Visually impaired


To running costs, marketing materials, tabletop magnifiers, travel/volunteer expenses


G64 Community Support

All residents in G64 postcode


Contribution to Volunteer expenses, Volunteer meetings, Client Events, Stationery & Advertising Insurance


Gavin's Mill

Other people 26 - 66

Contribution to Labour and incidental materials, heavy duty shelving for zero waste dispensers, counter cupboards and tips


Girlguiding Milngavie and Castlehill District

5 – 25-year-old

Contribution to Coach travel and part funding for trip to Blair Drummond


Hillhead housing association

People with no or low income


Contribution to Food and fuel vouchers for tenants/people in Hillhead Food £50/100 fuel £30/50


Milngavie and Bearsden Men’s Shed

Men aged 18 and over

Contribution to Cupboards, hardwood for benches, paint and sundries


Milngavie Tennis Club



Contribution to rent cost for quarter one

£ 2,160

Open Water Rescue

25 - 65


No Award

Ramekin and rolling pin

All ages

Contribution to buy ingredients



Rookie Rockstars

5 – 18-year-olds

Contribution to cost of providing free family counselling sessions


The Bearsden Festival Association

All ages

Contribution to the Part fund project coordinator along with New Kilpatrick church


Torrance community initiative

Torrance residents target age 5-25. Park open to everyone

Contribution to the cost of Ladder, Recycle bins and waste bags


Townhead Toddlers

Toddlers, Children and Carers

Cost of Toy garage, Play food set, Sensory play ring, toy pram


Twechar Senior Citizen club

Local senior citizens particularly those who live within Twechar

Contribution to the cost of Travel cost, tickets and refreshment for the panto


Scheme B

Group Name

Target Group

Purpose of Grant


175th Glasgow (1st Bishopbriggs) Scout Group

Young people

Contribution to 27 double glazed windows


Antonine Theatre Group


Adults 16+

Contribution to Refurbishment of toilets

Nil Award

Baldowie Tennis club


Young people

Contribution to Labour and materials


Cerebral Palsy Scotland


Cerebral Palsy sufferers and families

Contribution to Therapy and centre running costs, Therapist services Centre staff salaries


Cue and Review Recording Service


Over 65 with sight loss

Contribution to Access to Audio Development Worker; Travel budget



Deafblind Scotland


Deaf and blind

Contribution to project leader, project officer, guide communicators, training


East Dunbartonshire Womans Aid (02)


Women and girls

Full award for salaries


Gavin's Mill




26 – 65-year-old

Contribution to Labour and incidental materials, Slatwall and accessories, drawer cupboard units, mobile gondola and blinds


Girl Guiding Kirkintilloch East District


5 – 25-year-old

Contribution to Bus, promise badges and certificates, craft equipment and first aid kits


Lennoxtown Project Group


Lennoxtown residents and wider EDC population

Contribution to Notice boards, picnic tables, ground plates, wave seats and lowther benches


Milngavie Development Trust


Milngavie Community seniors over 66

Contribution to Plants, building material, design, and project management


Sense Scotland


People with support needs

Contribution to Soft play, mirrors, curtains, bubble tubes, interactive equipment, paint and decor


Shoenstatt Sisters of Mary


Community Organisations and Voluntary Organisations

Contribution to Poly tunnels, garden shed, planters and utility costs


Stich the Gap CIC


Low or no income families

Contribution to Washing machine, dryer, salary costs and rent


The Kirkintilloch Band



Contribution to Repair and refurbish instruments, new mouth pieces, new drum kit, music tuition and grading exams


The Sporting Aces


People with disabilities and long-term health issues

Contribution to Head coach and assistant coach salaries. Admin salary, coach hire, trip entry costs


Waterside Miners Charitable Society

Hillhead Community

Contribution to Ecology survey, principal designer – demolition. Sustainability assessment, topographical survey, pre-planning application and demolition warrant












Community Grants success story

Grants Advisory Committee

The Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) was formed in 2003. The committee’s role is to assess grant applications made to the Community Grants Scheme run by East Dunbartonshire Council. The group of 25 volunteers represent community groups and organisations across East Dunbartonshire. If you are a member of a local community group and are interested in joining the GAC please get in touch: