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Apply for community funding

These grants schemes are managed by North Ayrshire Council.

They offer a financial boost to:

  • community and voluntary groups
  • other organisations
  • individuals

Make sure 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

The North Ayrshire Ventures Trust grants up to £30,000 to voluntary, community, and social enterprises in North Ayrshire. 

Town Charitable Trusts

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

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

  • Kilbirnie and Glengarnock
  • Dalry
  • Kilwinning
  • Largs

Please see the Town Charitable Trust guide (PDF, 175kb).

Apply to Town Charitable Trusts

Complete and return an application:

Common Good Fund

The 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 residents of the area to which the Common Good relates.

Apply to Common Good Fund

Complete and return an application:

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is an inclusive way for communities to decide how they want to spend public funds.

Community benefit fund

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

Community benefit fund criteria

  • applications can only be accepted from constituted community groups located within the towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, and from the island of Arran
  • applications for environmental projects will be prioritised
  • funding criteria is the same in all localities
  • there is no maximum limit of grant funding, however most will not be more than £4,000 with limited exception
  • there is no minimum limit of grant funding
  • 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 the application demonstrates a direct benefit to Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Arran communities.

Apply to Community benefit fund

Complete and return a Community benefit fund (PDF, 606kb) application.

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 the council as Trustee through the Garnock Valley Locality Planning Partnership who approve any awards for funding.


Complete and return an application:

Ayrshire Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award Scheme

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards Scheme run by Creative Scotland in partnership with:

  • North Ayrshire Council
  • South Ayrshire Counci
  • East Ayrshire Leisure

Community-based Adult Learning Recovery Fund

The Community-based Adult Learning Recovery Fund has been set up to help improve engagement of adult learners in community-based learning opportunities, with £1.7 million funding from the Scottish Government.

Community-based adult learning (CBAL) covers a variety of learning opportunities, targeting learners (aged over 16) with multiple barriers to participation.

Find out more about the CBAL Recovery Fund.

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