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Community funding

The following grants schemes are managed by North Ayrshire Council and offer a financial boost to community and voluntary groups, other organisations and 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 and increase their impact. Grants range from £10,000 to £30,000 over one to three years.

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

Available for community and voluntary organisations for  organisation start ups, gala days, events and youth groups. It can also contribute to those seeking funding from multiple sources. Grants range from £250 to £1,000.

  • 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
  • 31 October 2019
Garnock Valley
  • 22 October 2019
  • 1 November 
  • 24 October 2019
North Coast 
  • 29 October 2019 
  • 28 October 2019

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:

  • 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, 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!

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.

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

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.


You can apply to the following rounds:

  • Autumn deadline: now closed  
  • Winter deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 4 February 2020

Applicants will be notified within 8 weeks of the deadline on the outcome of their application. You will be contacted if there is any change to this timetable.

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,

VE Day Fund

Friday 8 May 2020 will mark 75 years since the end of World War Two in Europe.

North Ayrshire Council would like to invite community groups from within North Ayrshire to apply for funding to help commemorate the occasion.

Grants are available for £200, £500 or £1000 to support the following:

  • Public events and activities taking place in North Ayrshire in 2020 to commemorate Victory in Europe Day
  • Accessibility - assistance for disadvantaged groups to participate in commemorative events that are taking place in 2020
  • Community based events and activities that help raise awareness of the anniversary
  • Community based events or activities which share or investigate the impact of the war on the local area


Complete and return a VE fund (PDF, 320kb) application.

For further information telephone the Heritage Centre on 01294 464174 or email