Firstport offers a range of funds to help turn ideas into reality. In partnership with Scotland UnLtd they run a joint awards programme to provide funds to  start ups focused on delivering real social or environmental benefits to people and communities. Moray is one of their priority areas! Check out webside (link below) and call them for a chat if you have a great idea and meet their guidelines!

AWARDS FOR ALL for new start, expansion or growth. Small lottery grant with an easy application procedure.


BIG LOTTERY FUND. Use their fund finder tool to identify the most suitable funding programme for your project. New start, feasibility studies, growth, expansion and many more options available. Read guidelines first, then call for advice or support. They are very helpful!

The Scotland Funders’ Forum is a gathering of funders in Scotland, including statutory bodies and independent grant making trusts, who are committed to best practice in funding the voluntary and community sector and to maximising the impact of funding for the benefit of Scotland.

Turn2us –  is part of Elizabeth Finn Care. Turn2us is a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help. The free, accessible website has been designed to help you find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on your particular needs and circumstances.

Funding Central. A guide to over 4000 sources of funding, loans and contracts.

Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) have welcomed the news that the European Fisheries Fund & the Moray Council awarded the coastal area of Moray with a £400,000 budget to support the sustainable development of fisheries areas:

Youth Enterprise Loan Scheme. £10m pilot scheme to support entrepreneurship amongst young people through small, low interest, loans. Read more here.

People and Communities Fund. The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital investment announced the new People and Communities Fund to promote and support community-led regeneration initiatives across Scotland, is open for applications. Click here.

Big Society Capital. The £10m Investment and Contract Readiness Fund is now accepting applications from social ventures enable social ventures to access new forms of investment and compete for public service contracts. From Monday 21 May 2012, grants between £50,000 and £150,000 will be available on a rolling basis to ambitious social ventures who will go on to raise at least £500,000 investment, or who want to bid for contracts over £1 million. Ventures will be required to apply in partnership with an approved provider. Read more here.

Community and Renewable Energy Loan. Community Energy Scotland delivers the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme. The Scottish Government wishes to maximise local ownership of renewable energy generation projects and to increase the benefits for communities that these projects can provide. The Scottish Government believes that there is so much more a community can gain from renewables projects, over and above the energy generated and financial benefits. For example, increased community cohesion and confidence, skills development and support for local economic regeneration. The scheme is open for applications from May 2012. Applications are competitive and will be taken until funds are fully taken up.More information can also be found on their website

Support for rural communities to buy land. New £6 million Scottish Land Fund. Rural communities in Scotland can now apply for support to help buy their land, Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson announced. More here.

Homecoming Scotland 2012. As part of the wider Homecoming Scotland 2014 Events Programme, the Funded Events Programme is now open for applications. The fund aims to support a large number of mid-scale events that directly respond to the themes or provide additionality to the year of Homecoming Scotland 2014. More here.