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Community grants

Community grant information sheet

Information to consider before completing your form


The main aims of the Community Grants Scheme are to:-

  • fund activities and projects which bring community benefit
  • involve people in the community by bringing them together to enjoy educational, recreational, leisure and other community activities

Support can be provided for a whole range of activities

  • Administration costs (office stationery)
  • Coach hire
  • Environmental projects
  • Equipment (purchased)
  • Materials
  • Outing/entrance fees (only 1 per financial year)
  • Production costs
  • Programme costs
  • Publicity costs
  • Specialist transport (disabled access)
  • Start-up costs
  • Sustainability projects

The following activities are not supported

  • Any sort of personal expenses (fuel, telephone bills etc)
  • Cost of food and drinks as part of events
  • Foreign trips
  • Hire of equipment or accommodation
  • Insurance/licence fees
  • Payments to organisers
  • Personal clothing (uniforms/team strips)
  • Prize money
  • Retrospective events
  • Tutorial/speaker costs

How much is available for grants and how is it distributed?

Each of the 4 areas within South Lanarkshire, i.e. Cambuslang/Rutherglen, Clydesdale, East Kilbride and Hamilton, has a budget of £45,000 to cover community and playscheme grant allocations.

Only one award is made to any group in each financial year.  The maximum award available for any one application is £1,000 although, to ensure that funding is spread across as many groups as possible, standard awards tend to be lower than £1,000.  Although applications are assessed on their individual merits, as a general rule, the following maximum levels of grant funding are applied:-

  • £200 – Outing, transport costs
  • £250 – Outing and entrance fees, start-up costs
  • £300 – Youth clubs, bowling clubs, football clubs and other sporting groups
  • £350 – Uniformed organisations

Who is able to apply for a Community Grant?

We are able to consider applications from groups who:-

  • are based in South Lanarkshire and are non-profit making
  • have an adopted constitution or set of rules
  • have a bank or building society account in the name of the organisation and keep audited accounts (or income and expenditure accounts)

Applications from the following are not eligible for funding

  • Individuals 
  • Organisations who promote or support political aims and objectives
  • Profit making groups, e.g. owners of private nurseries, instructors in a wide range of activities
  • Groups which only exist to benefit members financially 
  • Churches, Sunday Schools and religious groups to promote religious activities.  However, applications can be considered for working in the community as long as the funding is used for the community side of the group's work and not for religious activities.  A good example of this are church guilds who are generally eligible for funding

Please note that this information is for general guidance only.

Community grants

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