Cost-of-Living Support Scotland

Grants from £20,001 to £75,000 for projects to help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of the cost-of-living increases.

If you would like to talk to us about a project in response to demands and challenges of the rising cost of living, please get in touch at This funding programme is just one of the ways in which we may be able to help.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations
Funding size
£20,001 to £75,000
Application deadline

Midday on 21 August 2024

What it's all about

More people than ever before are likely to face severe challenges as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

Through this programme we aim to fund activity that reduces the impact of, or prevents financial insecurity. We want to fund activity that means people:

  • have more resilience and are more able to identify ways to deal with the impact of increased cost of living in their lives
  • are able to shape activity in their community to address the increased cost-of-living
  • have more access to support and services that will help them to deal with the increased cost of living

Please note we won't fund mainstream employability support, such as job searches, or payments directly to people for household expenses.

Check if you're eligible

What types of activity we'll fund

Funding is available for activity that:

  • Supports individuals, families and/or communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of cost-of-living increases
  • Increases access to services and support for people facing financial hardship

We will also consider activity that takes, or includes, a preventative approach to these issues.

All applicants need to demonstrate that their activity is people-led, connected and strengths-based. We call these our three approaches. Find out more about what that means in our guidance on the three approaches.

Who can apply

Most organisations are eligible to apply but we’re particularly keen to see applications from smaller voluntary and community organisations who are working with those most vulnerable and disproportionately affected by the increased cost of living.

Existing National Lottery Community Fund grant holders can apply but you can usually only have one Responding to increased cost-of-living pressures grant at a time.

How much you can ask for

Grants are available between £20,001 and £75,000. We expect there to be high demand for this funding and so grants of the upper limit - £75,000 - are expected to be the exception rather than the rule.

What you can apply for

You can apply for funding for up to 12 months to deliver or tailor existing services, or to develop new activity.

Although we welcome applications with match funding, we can fund up to 100 per cent of the costs of activity including:

  • staff
  • training
  • volunteer expenses
  • equipment
  • premises costs
  • evaluation
  • overheads.

We do not have an exclusive list of the types of projects we want to see however examples could include: money advice projects, mental health projects, projects bringing people together for activities under one roof and 'warm room' projects. We will also consider innovative responses that we may not have seen previously.

What we will not fund

We will not fund:

  • we cannot fund individuals, only projects
  • mainstream employability support such as job search/access
  • anything you spend money on before you get a decision from us
  • activities outside the UK
  • activities that actively promote religion.

This list does not cover everything we cannot fund, so check with us if you are unsure.

How to apply

How to apply

If you’d like to apply for a grant, please contact one of our team on or 0300 123 7110.

We’ll have an informal chat with you about the idea you need funding for, and can send you out an application form.

Please note applications must be submitted by midday on 21 August 2024 when the Cost-of-Living Support Scotland fund will close to applications.

For more information on this funding you can access the sample application form:

Related documents

Keeping People Safe: What we expect from the organisations we fund

If we give you funding, we expect that you’ll:

  • promote a culture of safeguarding
  • keep people safe
  • respond to safeguarding incidents.

These expectations apply to all organisations we are giving funding to, as well as partners doing any part of the activities we’re funding. We’ll consider these expectations when we make decisions about who to fund. We may use them when we ask for updates on your funding. They’re also written into the terms and conditions for all of our funding.

To find out more about our expectations of grant holders see our Safeguarding webpage.

Reduce your environmental footprint

The National Lottery Community Fund cares about our environment and are always striving to manage our environmental impact. We encourage and support projects and communities to do the same.

Learn more about how you can make your project more environmentally sustainable and perhaps save money in our guide to reducing your environmental footprint.


As an organisation that gives out public funds we’ll do some security checks as we work on your application. You can find out more about the checks we do.