We offer grant support to a variety of voluntary organisations every year. This is intended to assist local initiatives, encourage environmental improvement and promote community activities.
Funding Search Website
We offer a funding search website Funding Stirling where you can register for free and search for funding possibilities based on your own criteria. Keep abreast of all the latest funding opportunities for community groups, charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes, and sign up for a regular funding bulletin with new opportunities and upcoming funding application deadlines.
Our aims are to:
- Provide direct funding development support to the Voluntary and Community Sector
- Administer and manage specific council funds
- Provide funding advice and support to Stirling Council staff who work with community and voluntary groups
Who we support
We offer support in developing the skills, knowledge and capacity of local voluntary and community organisations, in relation to funding.
Services we provide
As well as providing free advice, information and training, about fundraising, staff can help community and voluntary organisations that most need support, in a variety of ways, including:
- Providing advice and information on funding and funding sources
- Outreach and one to one group support
- Delivering training sessions and workshops on funding and related issues
- Running locally based funding surgeries and organising funding seminars and events
We don’t do the fundraising for you, but can assist your organisation to develop your skills and confidence and provide information that will help you to do it.
Community Grants scheme & Community Pride fund
Two funding programmes which provide grants ranging from £100 - £1500 to promote community activities and to support local initiatives. Applications are accepted from constituted community and voluntary groups for a variety of projects which benefit residents within the Stirling Council area and help to develop vibrant, resilient communities. Capital and revenue project costs will be considered. Full eligibility details for both programmes can be found within the Guidance Notes below.
How to apply
There is a single application process for both programmes. You can apply for a grant using our simple application form and guidance notes, and referring to the information on deadline dates. Please download all three documents below.
To request a hard copy please contact the Funding Unit; see contact details below.
If you wish to discuss your project with the Funding Unit before applying please use the contact details below.
Clackmannanshire & Stirling Environment Trust
Community groups looking to implement projects that improve the environment or otherwise benefit the community may be able to get up to £7500 from the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust.
The Trust manages landfill community fund credits raised through the land-filling of municipal waste from both Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils and in the past successful projects have included improvements to play areas, community halls, historic and religious buildings and local woodlands. Projects aimed at conserving or improving native biodiversity have also received support.
The Trust meets three time a year and the deadline dates for 2019 are 11th February, 29th April and 7th October. It is keen to consider applications from any community or not-for-profit groups.
For more information, and application pack or advice contact Trust manager Audrey Morrison.
Youth Housing Development Grant
This grant offers financial help to young people aged 16-25 who live, work or are educated in the Stirling Council area. Up to £250 is available to help young people who are moving into their first tenancy or at risk of becoming homeless.
To qualify for a grant a young person must prove limited or no financial or family support. The grant must be used for their long term benefit. A professional referee, who knows the young person well, must be nominated to support the grant application.
55-57 Lower Bridge Street
Email: Youth Services Tel:01786 233562
Provides financial assistance to affiliated clubs. Funding is available for scholarships and club development.
For further information visit ClubSport Stirling
15 Borrowmeadow Road
Email: ClubSport Stirling Tel: 0300 028 0101
There are many sources of funding available for voluntary and community organisations. You can find out about some of them here - internal and local sources, and identify if you and your project meet the funders' criteria and if you are eligible to apply.
Stirling Council has a funding search website called Funding Stirling, provided in partnership with Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations who own and maintain the website keeping it up to date with all Scotland-wide and local funding opportunities. Register on Funding Stirling to keep abreast of all the latest funding opportunities and subscribe to the regular funding bulletin highlighting new sources of funding and upcoming funding application deadlines.
Community News Sheet
Under Latest News and Issues take a look at our current Community News Sheet for funding news - the monthly news sheet produced by the Community Engagement Team regularly carries information on new funding opportunities and approaching deadlines. Past editions are also available.
If you need more information on funding or would like your details added to our electronic mailing list please get in touch.
Raising funds for a project can be a complex and lengthy process - if you are involved in an organisation with a project in mind - we have produced a number of leaflets to help you plan your project successfully and apply for funding: