Connect Community Trust

Grants for community-led activity

Connect Community Trust

Medium grants for community-led activity.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations
Funding size
£10,000 to £150,000
Application deadline


What's it all about?

This funding aims to support communities to improve the places in which they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.

Please note: from now until the end of 2019 we will be changing some of our internal systems to improve the experience of applying for and using our grants. While we do this we expect it may take us longer than usual to process applications. It could take up to 6 months for us to tell you our final decision for grants up to £150,000.

The success rate for this funding is 72%. This is based on decisions made in the 6 months period up to 30 September 2018. Please read our blog for more information on success rates.

We 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.
  • People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their well-being.

We also want to fund work that is people-led, connected, and strengths-based. We call these our three approaches. Find out more about what that means in the three approaches section of our website.

To discuss what you’re applying for, contact our Advice Team on or 0300 123 7110.

Visit our FAQ page for answers to your most asked questions about this funding.

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Who can apply?

This funding is for organisations in Scotland that are based in the local area they serve and are run by local people.

Your organisation should have a governing body, such as a committee or board which includes at least three unrelated people and a written governing document, such as a constitution. This governing document should make it clear that your organisation has:

  • a social purpose – your organisation must have a clearly stated purpose which benefits the local area in some way
  • open membership – everyone living in the area should be able to get involved in your organisation and the work that it does
  • community control – the majority of people serving on your governing body are from the local area and make the decisions.

If your organisation doesn’t meet the above criteria but you feel it is representative of the people in your area we are still interested in hearing from you.

We can’t accept applications from one organisation applying on behalf of another. Existing The National Lottery Community Fund grantholders can apply but you can only have one medium grant for community-led activity at a time.

What can you apply for?

You can apply for funding for between three and five years to improve or continue existing services, or to develop new activity. We can fund up to 100% of the costs of this activity including staff, equipment, premises costs and overheads. We will mainly offer revenue funding, but can also consider minor capital work (up to £50,000).

The National Lottery Community Fund is a Living Wage Friendly Funder. This means that we encourage our applicants to pay their staff the UK Living Wage.

Visit our Living Wage page for more information

How do you 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.

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

Related documents

Get help using our electronic forms here.


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