Funding for more than 60 charities


The Bank of Scotland Foundation grants will see the organisations share almost £1.9million 

11th January 2020 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Charities across Scotland are celebrating a happy new year after receiving a funding boost.

While Scottish charities are facing an increasingly challenging funding environment, 62 charities have got the New Year off to a good start thanks to a share of almost £1.9m of funding.

These are the first awards from two new grant programmes launched by the independent charity, Bank of Scotland Foundation, tailored to provide stability for small and medium sized charities who are aiming to make positive and lasting change by addressing disadvantage or social exclusion.

Nine of these charities shared £1.2m through the Foundation’s Change programme, an annual programme designed to have a large-scale, long-term, positive impact on charities and communities.  Awards are made for capital costs or project costs to ensure charities can provide continued, reliable support for people across Scotland.

In addition to this, to ensure funding is reaching the most vulnerable people across Scotland, 53 small and medium charities will share £605,919 through the new Reach programme which will help charities to support people through varying stages of their lives.

This is all part of the foundation’s new five-year strategic plan, Supporting Positive Change Across Scotland, which saw four new funding programmes created, tailored to meet the needs of Scotland’s charities. The final two programmes, Invest and Advise, will be launched in 2020.

Philip Grant, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees and chair of the Scottish executive committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “The response to our new programmes has been fantastic and our emphasis on social exclusion and disadvantage means that our programmes can continue to help to improve the lives of many vulnerable people across Scotland addressing areas such as homelessness, debt management, reducing isolation and supporting job creation.

“As the current funding environment in Scotland becomes increasingly challenging, I’m very pleased to confirm that our new strategy sees us continue to provide core funding for charities. We know that core funding is hugely important for charities, providing stability and reducing uncertainty, and we are proud to be one of few funders to make this commitment.”

The 62 successful charities

CHANGE (total awards made over 1-2 years)

Motherwell & Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau, £153,612

Beatson Cancer Charity, £200,000

Epilepsy Action Scotland, £110,691 

Scottish Sports Futures, £106,603

Simon Community Scotland, £97,866 

Fife Intensive Rehabilitation & Substance Misuse Team, £144,088 

Sistema Scotland, £184,056

Aberdeen Cyrenians, £125,000 

REACH (total awards made over 1 year) 

Tannochside Information & Advice Centre, £20,000

Families Like Us, £10,000

ElpisTrust / Elpis Centre, £19,184

Street Connect, £10,000

The Children's Wood, £15,600

The Preshal Trust, £14,278

Reidvale Adventure Play Association Limited, £5,705

3D Drumchapel, £13,131

Govan Community Project, £20,000

Scottish Youth Dance (YDance), £6,000

C.O.J.A.C. , £17,000

Crookston Community Group, £8,000

Positive Action in Housing, £15,830

Woodlands Community Development Trust, £7,575

Eco Drama, £6,250

Elgin Youth Development Group, £19.220

Mid-Argyll Transport Volunteers, £3,500

Watermill Foundation Limited, £5,900

Black Isle Cares, £15,000

Grassmarket Community Project, £14,400

Columcille, £14,000

Positive Help, £10.500

Granton Youth Centre, £18.185

Imaginate, £3,400

The Broomhouse Centre, £16,853

Big Hearts Community Trust, £5,000

The Living Memory Association, £10,415

Care for Carers, £13,008

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, £19,184

Friends of the Award, £13,500

Drake Music Scotland, £8,000

Tailor Ed Foundation, £15,000

North Edinburgh Arts, £14,636

West Lothian 50+ Network, £10,500

HopScotch Children's Charity, £9,745

Orcadia Creative Learning Centre, £2,760

Clackmannanshire Citizens Advice, £17,240

Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau Ltd, £17,900

Taymara, £10,000

Home-Start Stirling, £8,000

Fife Young Carers, £3,279

Formula 24 Fife (SCIO), £2,955

Brain Injury Grampian (BIG) Group, £6.125

Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust, £14,400

Hope Counselling, £5,100

Eildon West Youth Hub, £15,613

Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project (DGBP), £17,420

The Fraser Centre Community Trust, £6,177

Interest Link Borders, £11,930

Finding Your Feet, £7,000

Mindfulness Scotland, £2,500

Renfrewshire Food Bank, £19,120

Children's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), £19,961