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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.

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, 2.7mb) before completing and returning a Nurturing Excellence in Communities application (PDF, 413kb).

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
  • Irvine
  • Kilwinning
  • Largs

Guidance can be found in the Town Charitable Trust guide (PDF, 183kb).


Complete and return an application form:

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:

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, 311kb) application.

For any enquiries, telephone the Performance Grants Information Officer on 01294 604612 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: