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Community funding

In light of the Government advice on the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Council has taken the decision to cancel all meetings of the Council and Committees until 30 June 2020. New funding applications will be considered as soon as Council and Committee business resumes. 

If your organisation has a previously approved funding application, which you cannot deliver because of COVID-19, or wish to amend the way in which the project is delivered, please discuss with the Funding Officer. 

Visit our virtual community centre Facebook Community Funding pages -https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthAyrshireCommunityFunding/

For further information about funding for community organisations, please contact the Funding Officer by email: rosemaryfotheringham@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

There are specific funds available to help mitigate the business impact of  COVID-19.  View COVID-19 Specific Funding as of 19 June (PDF, 233kb). Please bear in mind that funding information may change.

The SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub Funding page has a good summary of help available.

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:

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, 151kb).

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 participatorybudgeting@north-ayrshire.gov.uk 

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

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 rosemaryfotheringham@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

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, laura.kerr@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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.