Seeking funding for community-led action can be extremely difficult, time wasting and frustrating. We urgently need more recognition of the transformative impact of community action and long-term funding and investment that matches the scale and ambition of communities across Scotland. We regularly highlight funding opportunities in our monthly members’ newsletter. In the meantime, here are some links to potential funding sources and support.

SCCAN Funding

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Storytelling Mini Grants

Are you a podcaster, writer, storyteller, videographer interested in sharing positive community climate action and justice stories? SCCAN is offering 10 mini-grants of a maximum £250 each to 10 projects focused on climate action and climate justice from storytellers who want to contribute to the collective.

Community Learning Exchange

SCCAN members can apply for the Community Learning Exchange 2021/22, administered by the Scottish Community Alliance, for support on study visits and more.

Pockets and Prospects funding

Small ‘Pockets and Prospects‘ grants to our members to help you to engage with ‘disadvantaged’ groups in your community and to work with them to tackle ‘climate disruption’. The funding comes from the Scottish Government via the Scottish Community Alliance.

External Funding

SCVO’s Funding Guide

SCVO’s Step by Step guide to finding funding is a good place to start. Read this and then register with their online database of funds, Funding Scotland.

Funding Roadmap

Our own Funding Routemap was written in 2013 but is still very relevant and useful tool for new and established groups.


Accelerate is a support program for the Third Sector and community organisations.  Funded by the Scottish Government, support is free and delivered by Community Enterprise.

National Lottery Climate Action Fund

The National Lottery funds place-based community climate action projects across the UK through the Climate Action Fund. The Fund has £100 million available for the decade between 2019 and 2029.