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Community funding

We manage the following grants schemes for community and voluntary groups and other organisations and individuals to help you give your community a boost.

Please make sure that you attach the following documents with your application:

  • bank statement
  • income/expenditure sheet or balance sheet
  • constitution or articles of association
  • quotes/estimates for items required by funding

North Ayrshire Venture Trust (NAVT)

The NAVT fund is a grant programme developed to enable voluntary, community and social enterprises in North Ayrshire. Grants up to £10,000 and from £10,000 - £30,000 over 1 to 3 yrs. Find out more about NAVT.

Nurturing excellence in communities fund

Apply for grants from £250 to £1000, for community and voluntary organisations. 

  • new organisations - apply for a start-up grant of up to £250
  • gala days, festivals, events - apply for a grant of up to £500
  • youth groups/organisations - apply for a grant of up to £1000
  • organisations putting together a package for funding from different sources - apply for up to £1000


Please read the Nurturing Excellence in Communities guide (PDF, 206kb) before completing and returning a  Nurturing Excellence in Communities application (PDF, 564kb).

The following deadlines Three Towns Locality

Applications for each locality should be submitted by the following dates:

Three Towns
  • 23 April 2019
  • 24 July 2019
  • 31 October 2019
Garnock Valley 
  • 25 April 2019
  • 25 July 2019
  • 22 October 2019
  • 3 May 2019
  • 2 August 2019
  • 1 November 
  • 29 April 2019
  • 6 August 2019
  • 24 October 2019
North Coast 
  • 1 May 2019
  • 31 July 2019
  • 29 October 2019 
  • 8 May 2019
  • 7 August 2019
  • 28 October 2019

Town Charitable Trusts

The council holds charitable trusts for the relief of poverty, the relief of those in need, the provision of recreational facilities and organisation of recreational activities for disadvantaged groups and, in the case of the Beith and Gateside Fund only, the advancement of education.

Applications will be considered from organisations who assist persons living in these areas and from individuals who live in these towns.

  • Beith and Gateside
  • Kilbirnie and Glengarnock
  • Dalry
  • Kilwinning
  • Largs

Guidance can be found in the Town Charitable Trust guide (PDF, 137kb).


Complete and return an application form:

Spiers Trust

An educational trust which provides financial assistance for those in need, including pupils who are receiving secondary education, to study or obtain special tuition in any academic artistic, scientific or technological subject in or outside of Scotland.

Applications will be considered from individuals who live in these towns:

  • Beith
  • Dalry
  • Kilbirnie


Please read the Spier's Trust guidance notes (PDF, 132kb) before completing and returning a  Spier's Trust application form (PDF, 213kb).

Common Good Fund

North Ayrshire Council administers Common Good funds for:

  • Ardrossan
  • Irvine
  • Largs
  • Millport
  • Saltcoats
  • Stevenston

The criteria for the Common Good Fund is that the application must benefit all, or a significant group, of the inhabitants of the area to which the Common Good relates.


Complete and return an application form:

Participatory Budgeting Funding - Shaping North Ayrshire

Each year, a Participatory Budgeting Event is held in each locality:

  • Arran   
  • Garnock Valley   
  • Irvine   
  • Kilwinning   
  • North Coast   
  • Three Towns

Residents are invited to decide which projects to fund from a short list of applications made by local individuals and groups. They vote for the projects that they believe will most benefit their community and support their local priorities. Voting is open to anyone aged eight and over who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the area!

2019 dates, together with information on how you can apply will be posted by the North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership when available.  

For further information contact 

Community benefit fund

An annual community benefit payment made by Infinis, the operators of the Ardrossan Wind Farm, and administered by North Ayrshire Council.

Applications can only be accepted from constituted community groups located within:

  • Ardrossan
  • Saltcoats
  • Stevenston
  • the Isle of Arran

For more information see our Community benefit fund guide (PDF, 50kb).


Complete and return a Community benefit fund (PDF, 465kb) application.

For any enquires telephone the Funding Officer on 01294 475935 or email

Scottish landfill communities fund

The council contributes some of its landfill tax towards environmental improvement projects. This is administered on behalf of North Ayrshire Council by  LandTrust.

Margaret Archibald Bequest

A trust for the charitable purposes of persons in need who have attained the age of 65 and live in the Parish of Dalry.

The Trust is administered by North Ayrshire Council as Trustee through the Garnock Valley and West Kilbride Area Committee who approves any awards for funding.


Complete and return an application form:

Ayrshire Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award Scheme

South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Arts Partnership SCIO, North Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Leisure in partnership with Creative Scotland are running a local combined Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme.

The scheme is part of a number of initiatives intended to support artists/makers to:

  • develop their practice
  • remain in the area
  • enhance the creative vibrancy of Ayrshire

The bursaries are for individual artists and makers living or working in the Ayrshire area only.

An information session will be held on Thursday 30 August from 12pm to 2pm in the Irvine Townhouse, 66 High Street, Irvine, KA12 0AZ.

A slot must be booked in advance by emailing or calling Gemma or Sharon on 01294 310090.

If you cannot attend the information session, please contact Laura Kerr to discuss.


Applicants can apply to either of the following rounds:

  • round one deadline: Tuesday 2 October 2018, 5pm
  • round two deadline: Tuesday 5 February 2019, 5pm

Please note: We have added the requirement to attend the above information session, discuss your proposal or provide a short, written summary before submitting a completed application form.

If you cannot attend the information session please contact Laura Kerr.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 6 weeks after the published deadlines.

Download the following documents:

  • application form (Word, 297kb)
  • equalities monitoring form (Word, 273kb)
  • development/mentoring bursary form (Word, 306kb)

You can also view Creative Scotland’s general guidelines (PDF, 58kb).

For further information, please contact Laura Kerr: 01292 616421,