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Community funding
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Community funding

Locality Partnerships are now meeting online and will consider grant applications to the following funds:

  • Common Good Funds
  • Town Charitable Trust Funds
  • Margaret Archibald Bequest Fund
  • Elderly Grants

Community Benefit Fund applications will be considered as before.

A Participatory Budgeting event will be held using online voting and the process will be announced shortly.

Applicants should consider current COVID-19 restrictions when applying for funding to support activities.  

For information about funding for community organisations, please contact the Funding Officer by email:

For information on COVID-19 Funding support please visit the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub Funding page which offers a range of information and advice on help available. 

For funding updates and information, please visit our Virtual Community Centre Facebook Community Funding pages.

The following grants schemes are managed by North Ayrshire Council. 

They offer a financial boost to:

  • community and voluntary groups
  • other organisations
  • individuals

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 enables voluntary, community and social enterprises in North Ayrshire to:

  • explore opportunities for growth
  • improve sustainability
  • increase their impact

Grants range from £10,000 to £30,000 over one to three years.

Find out more about NAVT

Town Charitable Trusts

For the relief of poverty and those in need as well as recreational facilities and activities for disadvantaged groups. In addition, the Beith and Gateside Fund also provides for the advancement of education. 

The council holds charitable trusts for the relief of poverty, the relief of those in need and the provision of recreational facilities and activities for disadvantaged groups.

The Beith and Gateside Fund also provides for the advancement of education.

Applications will be considered from individuals and organisations living or assisting residents within these towns:

  • Kilbirnie and Glengarnock
  • Dalry
  • Kilwinning
  • Largs

Guidance can be found in the Town Charitable Trust guide (PDF, 184kb).


Complete and return an application form:

Community Renewal and Recovery Fund

This fund totals £120,000 and its purpose is to support community organisations to meet expenditure requirements over a short, six-month period while more sustainable funding solutions through North Ayrshire Ventures Trust or other external sources are explored and renewal activities agreed.

It is open to all constituted community groups who are focused on one or more of the following:

  • targeting support to those living in the 15% most deprived datazones in North Ayrshire
  • community food provision e.g. community fridge or food pantry provision
  • mental health and wellbeing support e.g. Mental Health First Aid courses, substance abuse interventions, etc
  • supporting community with poverty-related issues, e.g. debt and energy advice
  • education and skills training opportunities for people who are unemployed to help become more employable 
  • targeted community development work, e.g. youth work

Your group needs to evidence that they have insufficient funds to meet anticipated expenditure over the next 6 months, you have renewal plans and other funding options are being pursued.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2021 and you can apply for up to £20,000.


Complete the application form:

Please email Rosemary Fotheringham if you have any questions or require support.

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!

2020 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.

Grants vary by location and range from £1,000 to £4,000. Applications can only be accepted from constituted community groups located within:

  • Ardrossan
  • Saltcoats
  • Stevenston
  • the Isle of Arran

Community Benefit Fund criteria

  • applications can only be accepted from constituted community groups located within the towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston, and from the island of Arran
  • applications for environmental projects will have a priority in grant funding, but the Fund will continue to support applications which do not have an environmental perspective
  • the funding criteria will be the same in all the localities
  • there is no maximum limit of grant funding from the Fund (grants will not normally exceed £4,000 and any award above this figure will be the exception)
  • there is no minimum limit of grant funding from the Fund
  • grant awards will be treated as one off contributions, except in exceptional circumstances
  • local groups will be given a priority, national organisations will only be considered if their application demonstrates a direct benefit to the communities of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Arran.


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

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

Margaret Archibald Bequest

A trust for the charitable purposes of persons in need who have reached 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 Locality Planning Partnership who approve 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 (VACMA) Scheme.

The VACMA scheme offers 2 routes through the standard application form.

You should apply for the one that best suits your situation:

  • Grants between £500 and £1,500


  • £500 bursaries available to New Graduates/Emerging Artists.  
    Applicants must have less than 3 years’ track record outside of education or training or graduated since 2016.


Applications for current rounds are now closed. Information on new deadlines will be posted when available.

Download the following documents:

You can also view Creative Scotland’s general guidelines (PDF, 1.2mb)

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

Town Centre Fund

In 2019, Scottish Government announced a £50m Town Centre Fund, made available to Scottish local authorities over the financial year 2019/2020.

The aim is to enable local authorities to stimulate and support place based economic investments, which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish.