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Sustainable Communities Fund

SCF illustration
SCF illustration

We created the Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) in 2020, to support local regeneration and sustainable development.  

To learn more about the SCF, read on below.

To find out whether the SCF is accepting applications and how to apply, visit the sections for each individual Grant Programme

What is it?

It's a fund supporting two grant programmes: 

  • Community Capacity Grants, which provide early stage financial support for community enterprise projects. This programme is open to all communities up to five miles from Scotland’s coastline or within five miles of our rural estates
  • Environment Grants, which provide funding to Crown Estate Scotland tenants only, for projects (on the Scottish Crown Estate) which can deliver demonstrable environmental benefits within 18 months of award of funds 

Up to £750,000 will be made available over three years across both programmes. More detailed information on each fund is available below.

Why is it important?

Many local communities across Scotland have ideas which if realised, could make a significant difference to their areas, helping to create great places to live, work and visit.

Without access to initial funding, it can be hard to turn great ideas into real projects - and as a result, the benefits might never materialise.

By providing funds to help get projects moving, the SCF allows Scotland's communities - and our tenants - to get their ideas 'off the ground' and start delivering economic, social or environmental benefits in their local area.

Community Capacity Grants

Currently closed to applications

This programme will 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.  

The fund is open to all communities up to five miles from Scotland’s coastline or within five miles of our rural estates.  

We are looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will :      

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

  • Help create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits 

In the first year, a total of £150,000 of funding was made available for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. 

Applications are managed by Foundation Scotland and further information and details of how to apply can be found here.  

Queries should be sent to grants@foundationscotland.org.uk

Environment Grants

Currently closed to applications

This programme will provide funding to Crown Estate Scotland tenants for projects on the Scottish Crown Estate which can deliver demonstrable environmental benefits within 18 months of award of funds.  

Typical projects could include: 

  • Initiatives to increase local biodiversity; 

  • Making the local environment more attractive through, for example, planting and landscaping etc; 

  • Facilitating a change to greener ways of operating e.g. measures to support recycling or waste reduction; enabling green travel; activities that reduce flood risk, pollution or carbon emissions; and 

  • Materials providing information e.g. display boards about the local environment. 

Projects which can demonstrate wider community benefits as well as environmental benefits are encouraged.  

In the first year £100,000 of funding was made available, with individual grants of £5,000 - £20,000. 

The programme accepts applications from Crown Estate Scotland tenants. Applicants must have an agreement with us at the point of application and when monies are awarded. 

Our application form can be found in the sidebar. Please note that it can be signed digitally and returned, or by hand and returned as a scanned copy. For more information on how digital signing works, please see this article

While the programme is currently closed to applications, queries can be sent to environmentgrants@crownestatescotland.com