GVC Fund


The fund aims to support local communities and projects, with a focus on sports and healthy activity projects: 

  • increase local health projects or activity;

  • build skills of local people;

  • increase community cohesion; or

  • respond to local social or economic needs.

Making A Difference

Grants of up to £5,000.

Examples of the types of projects the fund will support (not an exhaustive list):

  • Mentoring projects

  • All health projects are welcome but the fund would like to encourage projects related to men’s health to also apply

  • Opportunities for young people aged 18 and over only

  • Community sport activities

  • Projects with NEETS

  • Social inclusion projects


Eligibility Checklist

  • Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply

  • Annual income in the most recent financial year must be less than £250,000

  • A bank account must be set up in the name of the group

  • There must be at least 3 unrelated members on your management committee

  • Committee meetings must have a quorum of at least 3 unrelated members present

  • There must be at least 2 unrelated cheque signatories


  • Individuals

  • Projects benefiting young people under the age of 18

  • Advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups) 

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts

  • Retrospective funding i.e. costs already incurred/activities already taken place

  • Trips abroad

  • Capital costs/builds or physical items more than half the value of the grant.

  • Purchase of second hand vehicles

  • Payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities including schools. i.e. projects that take place in school, during school hours and/or only for the benefit of the pupils will not be considered. PTAs/Parent Councils can apply if appropriately constituted but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit.

  • Groups who will then distribute the funds as grants or bursaries

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Applications that are for the sole benefit to flora and fauna. Applicants are invited to demonstrate the direct benefit to the local community and/or service users in cases where the grant application is concerned with flora and fauna.

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland

  • Organisation’s already in receipt of funding directly from GVC


  • Application deadline 12 noon on Monday 28th October 2019

  • Your project cannot have a start date before 31st December 2019

How to Apply

Please ensure you have read the guidance above before you proceed to the online application form

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