The Community Grant Scheme supports the Third Sector (community, voluntary and non-profit-sharing organisations) to deliver projects that make a positive difference to communities across the Falkirk Council area. We would like to support projects that can contribute to one or more of the goals of Falkirk Council as set out within our Corporate Plan 2012-2017.

These are:

  • Further developing a thriving, sustainable and vibrant economy
  • Continuing to improve health, safety and well being of our citizens and communities
  • Increasing our efforts to tackle disadvantage and discrimination; and
  • Enhancing and sustaining an environment in which people want to live, work and visit.

The Community Grant Scheme can offer support up to a maximum of £5,000 towards community-based projects that can usually be completed within a 12 month period.

If you would like to discuss your project before you apply, please contact:

External Funding Unit
01324 506065

How to apply

The Community Grant Scheme application form is available for download as both a MS Word or PDF file:

Community grant scheme application form
Community grant scheme application form

Grant panel

The grant panel will meet on the following dates:

(All applications should be received 1 week before the scheduled meeting.)

2016/2017 dates

  • 26 April 2016
  • 21 June 2016
  • 23 August 21016
  • 25 October 2016
  • 06 December 2016
  • 07 February 2017
  • 14 March 2017

Funding search database

The funding database can help identify funding which your organisation may be eligible for.

You will need to register and activate your account before you can access the database.


Frequently asked questions

  1. Is your group eligible?
  2. What can you apply for?
  3. What won’t be funded?
  4. When can you apply?
  5. When will you get a decision?
  6. How much is available?

Is your group eligible?

If your group is non-profit, has a constitution and a bank account in its own name, you may be eligible to apply for a community grant to provide projects that will make a positive difference to our local communities.


What can you apply for?

  • Buying/hiring new equipment and materials
  • Start-up costs
  • Fees for sessional work
  • Support for running conferences or seminars
  • Small-scale refurbishments/marketing/publicity materials
  • Support towards cost of venue hire
  • Outings and activities

This list is not exhaustive. For more information on what can be funded, please contact funding@falkirk.gov.uk


What won’t be funded?

  • Items that only benefit an individual
  • Laptop computers
  • Payments to individuals, including support for fundraising events
  • Any goods or services that you buy or order before we confirm our grant
  • Activities promoting religious or political beliefs
  • Routine repair and maintenance costs
  • Activities or projects from which Falkirk Council funding has recently been withdrawn or to replace a shortfall in a Council service budget or to meet increases in charges for Council facilities

This list is not exhaustive. For more information on what won't be funded, please contact funding@falkirk.gov.uk


When can you apply?

You can apply at any time.


When will you get a decision?

A decision is usually made within eight weeks of us receiving your completed application.


How much is available?

The maximum grant is £5,000, however, demand on the budget means that most awards are lower.