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Crown Estate Scotland Community Capacity Grants Programme

Grant size Up to £50,000
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Application Deadline: Currently closed for new applications
Final decisions: 7th April 2021

About this fund

Crown Estate Scotland invests in property, natural resources and people to generate lasting value for Scotland.  The Sustainable Communities Fund has been created to support local regeneration and sustainable development, particularly in coastal areas of Scotland.

The Fund comprises two grant programmes, an Environment Grants Programme for tenants on the Scottish Crown Estate and the Community Capacity Grants Programme. Foundation Scotland are administering the Community Capacity Grants Programme (see below), more information on the Environment Grants Programme can be found on the Crown Estates Scotland website.

The Community Capacity Grants Programme aims to provide early stage financial support for community enterprise projects that contribute to local regeneration and sustainable development and, ultimately, help create great places to live, work and visit. Groups must be working to support communities within 5 miles of the cost or estuarine foreshore or within 5 miles of one of Crown Estate Scotland’s 4 estates; Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth. 

Purpose of this fund

Crown Estate Scotland’s Community Capacity Grants Programme is looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will help achieve the following objectives:

1. Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces, making these places more attractive, accessible, and beneficial to the community

2. Create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits

Additional criteria

The fund is open to all communities 

  • Situated up to 5 miles from coastal and estuarine foreshore in Scotland; or 
  • Situated up to 5 miles from the Scottish Crown Estate’s four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth). 

To view the boundary lines for the estates and applicable radius please click below.

Who can apply?

All applicants must meet Foundation Scotland's Common eligibility criteria, please check this list before starting your application. 

In addition groups and organisations must be based and working to support communities within 5 miles of the coast or estuarine foreshore, or within 5 miles of one of Crown Estate Scotland’s 4 estates; Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth. 

What can’t be funded?

Please read through the What we can't fund page; these exclusions apply to all Foundation Scotland funds.

The Crown Estate Scotland's Community capacity Grants Programme cannot support adaptations to buildings or large-scale capital projects or purchase equipment. This fund is designed to provide revenue to support first step investment for local projects.  

How are decisions made?

An Awards Panel made up of a Foundation Scotland Trustee, representatives from the community and voluntary sector and from agencies with skills and expertise in sustainable development and regeneration will meet once a year to consider grant awards.

For more details on our assessment processes please visit How funding decisions are made.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for this fund.  You can view which projects received funding by following the link at the bottom of this page.

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