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Community Grant Guidelines


Capacity Grant Guidelines and Funding Criteria

We will fund Community Development Trust activities that achieve the following outcomes:

  • Attracting new members
  • Encouraging or recruiting volunteers
  • Well governed and promoted organisation
  • Engaging with your community – especially hard-to-reach voices
  • Improving how you represent your community
  • Your community knows about your activities and how to get involved
  • Your Board of Directors feels well informed, skilled and knowledgeable
  • Working in partnership with partners

This may include:

  • Basic administrative running costs, e.g. insurance, venue hire for meetings, printing and postage, professional fees,
  • training and support for directors.

We will not fund:

  • IT equipment, retrospective costs, ongoing staff salary costs, general refreshments, costs associated with the statutory role of community councils.

Moving Forward Grant Guidelines and Funding Criteria

The maximum funding you can apply for is £5,000.

We will seed fund specific pieces of work that take you a step close to achieving a larger project that also supports National Park Aims. This larger project must link to a priority in your most recent Community Action Plan.

This offers assistance in developing ideas into detailed proposals that can support the delivery of a project. Funding may be used for initiatives such as: development of feasibility studies, follow up technical work after a Charrette or Community Action Plan, to give your project momentum, taking forward to a clear next step, e.g. fully costed, planning ready plans, ready to support applications larger grant funding bodies.

Examples of a Moving Forward project could include commissioning :

  • a feasibility study
  • some technical work
  • a professional to develop a business plan, funding or marketing strategy
  • Other?

How to Apply



What we cannot fund:

  • Revenue costs such as ongoing staff costs
  • Small scale village enhancements
  • A piece of work with no clearly defined output , i.e.– does not take your project idea to a clearly identified next stage
  • Projects that cannot show community support or need

Please let us know if you have other funding to contribute towards your project, be it from your own funds or another funding provider.

Where there is competition for funds we may have to consider other support provided to community projects from other National Park programmes.


Here are the sorts of projects that we’d like to support:

Lenny Falls in spate

Callander Landscape Partnership
The community-led Callander Landscape Partnership needed match-funding in order to appoint consultants to carry out survey work and a feasibility study to design the Leny Falls bridge in Callander. The Leny Falls Restoration Project aims to repair a walkway to the Falls and restore the bridge above the Falls, which has fallen into a state of disrepair. Once completed, it will improve access to the site and re-create a major visitor attraction that will impact on the economy of the town.

Balloch to Gartocharn feasibility study

Kilmaronock Community Development Trust
Kilmaronock Community Development Trust wanted to improve the walking and cycling links between Gartocharn and Balloch. The Trust’s aim was to enhance opportunities for locals to enjoy recreation, improve health, commute or shop in Balloch, while also boosting the economy by increasing visitor numbers in the village and the RSPB reserve nearby. The Trust wanted to know if the development of a multi-use path between the two settlements would be feasible – particularly in relation to support from local landowners and route options. They commissioned an engineering firm to conduct a feasibility study and options appraisal for the work. This is now completed and the Trust is now considering if and how it should be taken forward.

Other useful funding and support sources for community led projects:

Community Pride & Community Grants
Stirling Council’s Small Grants Programmes
Jean Cowie on 01786 233143

Argyll and Bute
Funding Alert

West Dunbartonshire
Community Chest Small Grants

Your Community
Your Community Budgeting Guidance
Your Community Budgeting Application

Tel: 01389 737269

Perth and Kinross
The Gannochy Trust

The Robertson Trust

The Forteviot Trust

LEADER (European) funding
Forth Valley and Lomond Leader

Argyll and the Isles LEADER

Scottish Land Fund / BIG Lottery Fund

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