Grants and Funding Noticeboard

Support and information for businesses can be found via the following links:



Electric Vehicle Charge Point Tourism Recovery Fund [OPEN8th September 2022 (or when funds are depleted]

Businesses can apply for funding to assist in the installation of an electric vehicle charge point on their premises. The funding will cover 75% of the total cost of the charge point and installation (including applicable VAT), up to a maximum of £15,000.

There is enough funding to cover around 100 charge points. To view guidance, please click here.


Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Challenge Fund [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

This challenge supports companies to carry out research and development (R&D) to develop technology that will lead to new commercial uses for CO2 and create jobs as part of the journey to a low carbon economy. The funding will support projects at the appropriate level of technology readiness to develop and test technology in CO2 utilisation projects. To view guidance, click here.


Business Energy Scotland: SME Loan Scheme [OPEN, ]

Loans up to £100k are available to help you pay for energy and carbon-saving upgrades in your business. You could also receive a cashback grant of up to £20k. 

An SME loan can be used to finance the installation of energy efficient systems, equipment or building fabric, including: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades; renewable heat technologies such as installing an air source heat pump; improving insulation, draught-proofing, double or secondary glazing; installing LED lighting; installing solar panels, wind turbines and wood-burning stoves.

To view guidance, click here.


North Ayrshire Council - Green Jobs Fund [OPEN]

The Green Jobs Fund (GJF) helps businesses, community groups and potential investors explore renewable energy generation and circular economy schemes that can create local, fair, green jobs. North Ayrshire's Business Team will respond to your enquiry within 5 working days. To view guidance, click here.


Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund - development funding invitation [OPEN, closes 30th May 2022]

This funding will support small/medium social housing providers to undertake development work to deliver an investment grade multi-year business plan, which reviews the organisations existing housing stock and clearly sets out how they will reach net zero emissions across existing dwellings. Up to £500,000 of development support.

All development work should be fully completed by 31 October 2022, with possible extension depending on the scale of the work undertaken. To view fund guidance, click here


Warmer Homes Scotland [OPEN]

The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme offers funding and support to households struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills.

Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving improvements. The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home, who have lived in their property for at least twelve months, and who meet the eligibility criteria. To view guidance, click here.


Home Energy Scotland Loan [OPEN]

Up to 40% cashback for some eligible energy efficiency measures and 75% for certain renewable heating systems (based on total costs and capped at a maximum value) is now available. Cashback is subject to availability while funds last or until the end of the financial year – whichever is sooner. Funds are reserved for customers when their loan is offered. To view guidance, click here.


Social Enterprise Net Zero Transition Fund

The fund will support projects that reduce your organisation's carbon footprint, including activities such as: reduce energy consumption; improve energy efficiency; develop or help move to renewable energy sources; help transition to sustainable transport options and more. To view guidelines, click here.


Scottish Government Heat Network Fund [OPEN, applications reviewed quarterly]

£300 million will be made available, over the next parliamentary session, to support the development and rollout of zero emission heat networks across Scotland. This fair and open fund aims to stimulate commercial interest, investment and maximise Scotland’s vast potential in the low carbon sector, whilst contributing to the positive progress on reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Scotland’s Heat Network Fund is open to all public and private sector applicants. To see guidance, click here.






Food Processing Marketing and Cooperation Grant Scheme [OPEN, closes midnight 19th June 2022]

The scheme provides grant funding to businesses within the Scottish food and drink sector, and supports Scotland's journey towards becoming a Good Food Nation, where it is second nature to produce, buy, serve and eat fresh, healthy food. 

Through this scheme, you can apply for: start-up grants for a new food processing business, and development grants for an existing food processing business. To view fund guidance, click here.


Screen Scotland - Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund [OPEN, closes 29th November 2022]

The fund supports organisations that produce film festivals and screening programmes that increase the reach, depth, and diversity of screen culture for audiences in Scotland. All physical, in-person screenings and activity supported by this fund must be presented to audiences in Scotland. To read fund guidance, click here.






Help to Grow: Digital [OPEN]

Access free, impartial online support about how digital technology can boost your business’s performance. If your business is eligible, you can also access a discount of up to 50% towards the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000. To view guidance, click here.


Flexible Workforce Development Fund [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) provides employers in Scotland who are UK Apprenticeship Levy-payers with flexible workforce development training opportunities within the high-quality learning environments available in Scotland’s colleges. It is also open to SMEs across the private, public and third sectors.

Eligible employers can use the FWDF to address priority skills gaps in their organisation by accessing up to £15,000 in funding to create tailored training programmes with their local college. To view guidance, click here.






Destination South Ayrshire Grant [OPEN, closing dates: Friday 22nd July 2022, Friday 21st October 2022, Friday 20th January 2023]

Destination South Ayrshire have a limited fund available for grants to be awarded to communities, businesses, charities and organisations looking to carry out events and initiatives in 2022 and 2023. Proposals will require to prove the value to the visitor economy and or the benefit to the community. There are two categories of grants - up to £1,000 and between £1,000- £5,000. To see guidance, click here.


National Lottery Awards for All Scotland [OPEN]

The 'Awards for All Scotland' fund is a quick way to apply for funding between £300 and £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. Applications should do at least one of the following: bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities; improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; or help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage. For further guidance, click here.


National Lottery Community Led Fund [OPEN, midday 30th September 2022]

This fund provides funding to support community-led activity and wellbeing. National Lottery will fund organisations to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes: Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community-led activity; and People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their wellbeing. To see guidance, click here.


KFC Community Grants Programme [OPEN, no closing date announced]

The KFC Foundation provides grants to support grassroots organisations in the heart of our restaurant’s communities. Organisations empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work, and social skills. To see guidance, click here.


Urquhart Opticians - Care & Community Fund [OPEN, no closing date]

applications can be submitted in the first 2 weeks of every month. Each month, the Urquhart's ‘Care & Community’ fund has £1000 available for local Ayrshire groups and charities.


National Lottery Improving Lives Fund [OPEN, midday 30th September 2022]

The Improving Lives Fund seeks to provide grants from £10,001 to £200,000 to help people facing challenging circumstances. National Lottery want to fund activity that means people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience; are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs; or have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. To see guidance, click here.


National Lottery Young Start Fund [OPEN]

The fund seeks to fund projects helping young people aged eight to 24 to become more confident and play an active part in realising their potential. National Lottery want to fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes: children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing; children and young people have better connections with the wider community; or children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business. For further guidance, click here.


National Lottery Scottish Land Fund [OPEN]

The fund is looking to support urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to: achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings; have a stronger role in and control over their own development; or own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings. To see guidance, click here.






Creative Scotland - YMI Strengthening Youth Music Fund [OPEN, round one closes 1st June 2022 at 2pm, round two opens 20th September 2022 at 2pm]

The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) Strengthening Youth Music fund is open to a wide range of creative organisations, businesses and individuals based in Scotland. It provides funding for projects that improve the youth music sector infrastructure and the services that organisers offer. It supports strategic action, research or training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland for the benefit of children and young people. To view guidance, click here.


Creative Scotland - Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance [OPEN, closes 1st June at 2pm]

The Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance is designed to support high-quality work to tour throughout Scotland. It will help the touring sector continue to re-engage with audiences through partnerships between touring artists and companies in conventional and non-conventional formats and staging. Activity can take place from spring 2023 onwards. To view guidance, please click here.


Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

The Association of Independent Music and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis. To apply, click here.


Sustaining Creative Development [OPEN, no deadlines announced]

Sustaining Creative Development aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world.

To view guidance, click here.






Employment Allowance from GOV.UK [OPEN]

HMRC have recently increased the Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 to further benefit SMEs. You can claim Employment Allowance if you’re a business or charity (including community amateur sports clubs) and your employers’ Class 1 National Insurance liabilities were less than £100,000 in the previous tax year. You can also claim if you employ a care or support worker. To check eligibility, please click here.


2022/23 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief Scheme [Temporary measures from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023]

At the Budget on 27 October the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new business rates relief scheme for retail, hospitality and leisure properties worth almost £1.7 billion in 2022/23. This will support the businesses that make our high streets and town centres a success and help them to evolve and adapt to changing consumer demands.

The 2022/23 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Rates Relief scheme will provide eligible, occupied, retail, hospitality and leisure properties with a 50% relief, up to a cash cap limit of £110,000 per business. To view guidance, click here.


Workforce Wellbeing Fund for Adult Social Work and Social Care [OPEN, closes 29th July 2022]

The £1 million fund is for ideas that staff themselves have said will help to improve their wellbeing. Applications are welcome to support staff working in Adult Social Work and Social Care across the public, private and voluntary sectors. To see fund guidance, click here.







Extra hardship payments for students [OPEN, no closing date announced]

You should apply to the funding/support team at your college or university.

Their student support services will assess the hardship payments, including how much is available. They may give priority for some students based on their needs.


Emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) Funding - Scottish private colleges and training providers [OPEN]

There is currently an emergency hardship fund open to SAAS funded students. You must be studying full-time at a private provider of higher education in Scotland or the rest of the UK.

You must also be facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Examples of hardship are, but not limited to: additional phone/broadband charges as a result of remote learning; unexpected unemployment or furloughing; additional childcare costs and more.

The maximum amount payable to each student is £400.


Remobilising NHS Dentists Fund [Distributed through NHS boards]

Additional funding of up to £5 million is available to NHS dentists to help remobilise services as Scotland recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This new funding will help NHS dental practices to purchase, renew or upgrade ventilation equipment as improved ventilation in surgeries can substantially reduce the time between seeing patients, and offer dental teams the opportunity to see more patients safely.


COVID-19 Business Improvement District Resilience Fund [OPEN, closing date is specific to applicant]

Business Improvement Districts (BID) can play a vital role in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response in their local area. Once a Business Improvement District determines how best to support local businesses and communities and agrees on a plan with their local authority, they can then apply for a share of the £1 million COVID-19 BID Resilience Fund from the Scottish Government to support that project or programme.

Please note: This fund is for Business Improvement Districts in Scotland only.


Self Isolation Support Grant [OPEN]

UPDATE: From 1 May 2022 the grant amount changed from £550 to £225. If you test positive, the public health guidance advises you to stay at home for 5 days. You will only qualify if you are a low paid worker who will lose money and you meet the other criteria.

Low-income workers in Scotland may be eligible for a £500 Self Isolation Support Grant if they are told by Test and Protect to self-isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Both employees and self-employed individuals are eligible.

You can only apply for this grant through your local council. You can do this any time during the 28 days from the date you start to self-isolate. Read more here.


Rural Community Engagement Fund [OPEN, closes 15th July 2022]

This Grants Scheme is designed to fund creative local ideas that develop as communities work together to protect and support the people most excluded as we recover from Covid. For further information, click here.


Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) [OPEN, closing soon due to limited funds]

The Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) from Scottish Government aims to support local, community-based organisations with small grants of up to £8,000 to deliver activities that help people mitigate the impact of welfare reform. To view guidance, click here.


East Ayrshire - COVID-19 Community Support Grant [OPEN]

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups who are implementing actions to assist their communities with COVID-19 projects. To see guidance, click here.


Recovery Loan Scheme [OPEN, deadline extended to 30th June 2022]

The Recovery Loan Scheme will provide support to UK businesses as they recover and grow following the disruption of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The scheme ensures that businesses of any size can continue to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £10 million per business once the existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. View guidance here



A new £80 million Covid Economic Recovery Fund targeting support for businesses and communities will help Scotland as it moves to a new phase in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Councils will have the flexibility to target support either using existing schemes like Scotland Loves Local, Business Improvement Districts or place based investment programmes, or individual local authority grant schemes. Councils will also to able to use the funding to support low income households. Read more by clicking here.


National Heritage Memorial Fund COVID-19 Response Fund [OPEN, closes April 2023]

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is the Fund of last resort for outstanding nationally important heritage that is at risk due to the impact of COVID-19. Charities, not-for-profit organisations and public sector organisations can apply. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Arnold Clark Community Fund [OPEN]

In March 2020, Arnold Clark launched their first ever Community Fund in order to provide financial help to community groups and charities that had been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund currently has a focus on: poverty relief, food banks, toy banks, housing and accommodation. To see guidance, click here.






Rapid Response aquaculture fund [OPEN]

The Rapid Response fund supports collaborative research and development projects in the field of aquaculture.

Applicants must be a consortium that includes industry and academic partners, and must fall within at least one of the following areas of research: fish health and welfare, aquaculture industry capacity, and shellfish and other non-finfish species.

This is a fast-tracked process for projects that will help the aquaculture sector adapt to a new commercial and operational reality in the months and years ahead. The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will provide a package of up to £50,000 to successful applicants. To see guidance, click here.


Scottish Child Payment Fund [OPEN]

This is a new payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six. Read the guidance document here.




Additional COVID-19 Guidance