Funding Sources for Play

Here you’ll find information on some of the key funding sources that may consider funding play park and green space projects in Scotland. These constantly change so we have also included information on a number of ‘funder finder’ sites which you may find useful.
Remember that you may need to apply to a number of funders and undertake fund raising activity yourselves to get the money together for your project.

The fund raising environment today is extremely competitive and ever moving.  It is therefore vital that you have a clearly defined fund raising strategy and know your potential funders needs.  The more planning and homework you do the better chance of success.

Don’t be put off – funders are often very helpful and will help guide you through an application process. Your local Council of Voluntary Service (CVS) office can offer useful guidance on setting up a community group and applying for funding too.

Key Funding Sources

Big Lottery Fund – awards for all Scotland programme.   A quick and easy way to apply for small grants of between £300 and £10,000. Applicants should find out if they’ve been successful within 8 weeks. The programme will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at addressing issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people.

Big Lottery Fund – community led activities.  This funding aims to support communities to improve to the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need. Grants between £10,000 – £150,000.

Tesco local community scheme – community greenspace grants.  The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland will be used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

 Administration of the local funding will be managed by the community charity, Groundwork.

Morrisons Foundation – The Morrison’s Foundation has been set up to make a positive difference to people living in England, Scotland and Wales. They provide match funding for Morrisons colleagues and offer grants to charities undertaking projects that improve people’s lives.

European Social funds – A searchable database of over 800 EU subsidies for projects of all kinds. Funding covers every area of EU support available so not all sources will be relevant but the database is searchable by theme, organisation type and region to enable organisations to find funding related to their area of work.

SITA Trust – Funding is available for projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings or structures in qualifying areas. Grants of up to £50,000 are available through the primary fund, and grants of up to £20,000 are available through the smaller projects fund.

FCC Scottish Action Fund – The FCC Scottish Action Fund offers funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 to projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund in qualifying areas.

Co-operative Membership Community Fund – A grants scheme which helps local communities throughout the UK. To be successful, a group must: carry out positive work in the community; and a project must: address a community issue; provide a good long-term benefit to the community; support co-operative values and principles; ideally be innovative in its approach.


Useful funding finder sites

Funding Scotland – This free online search engine can be used to find funding for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Funding Scotland lists small and large grants that support big capital projects, communities and projects in Scotland. Users can search by geographical area, main activities and main beneficiaries. Funding opportunities for individuals or businesses are not listed. This website is owned and maintained by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the umbrella body for Scotland’s third sector

Greenspace Scotland – lists various funding sources for the development of green/open/play space

Grantnet – GRANTnet is a free on-line search tool which uses filters to identify possible funding sources suitable for your project.


Alternative approaches

Crowd funding – Crowdfunding is a way to raise money, awareness and support for a project, from the people around you. It’s a means of funding that allows individuals to make their ideas a reality with the power of the crowd. Crowdfunding enables people with great ideas to raise the money they need, in return for ‘rewards’. The public can back your idea with pledges of money and project owners can ‘thank’ their backers with rewards that reflect the money contributed. This could be as simple as sponsorship signage etc. There are a number of on-line ‘crowd funding’ websites e.g

On-line retailer donation websites – You register your project (good cause) on the site and retailers pay a sum of money for every purchase that has come via the good cause site to the shoppers nominated good cause.  An example site is