Before applying, check out our Hints & Tips PDF guide to help you complete your application.

Our PDF covers off what documents you need to send in and what information could help with your application.

Grants programmes Hints & tips eligibility

If you are submitting a first-stage application for Invest

 You MUST  You cannot apply if

Your charity must have an income of between £50,000 - £1m

You cannot apply if you have less than three years Annual Accounts lodged at OSCR

Your charity must have at least three years Annual Accounts lodged with and checked by OSCR

If your charity’s annual income is less than £50,000 or more than £1m

You must be a charity registered in Scotland, operational for at least three years

You cannot apply if you do not have all your regulatory returns up to date at OSCR and Companies House

Make sure you put the correct charity number on your application.

If you are currently in receipt of a grant from any of our programmes or have not yet returned your Evaluation form for your most recent grant. If you would like to apply again please ensure we have received a satisfactory evaluation prior to the closing date of the new programme.

Make sure your annual accounts are signed by both an independent examiner and a member of the Board. The balance sheet must also be signed. Signatures that are blacked out will not be accepted.

You cannot apply if you are a charity whose SOLE purpose is:

  • Political organisation

  • Animal welfare

  • The advancement of religion

  • Medical research

  • To make grants, donations, loans, gifts or pensions to individuals. This includes distributing vouchers

You must include an A4 (PDF format) page that describes how you plan to spend any funding award and explains how your community will benefit from it.

You cannot apply for donations to:

  • individuals

  • advertising

  • sponsorship

  • foreign trips

  • overseas projects

Make sure your additional A4 (PDF format) information is no more than one page long.

You cannot apply for multiple grants at the same time, you must choose one programme and await the outcome of that application before applying again.

The amount you apply for each year must be the same, with the same breakdown for same cost e.g. a salary each year, £25,000 each year over 5 years = total amount requested of £125,000.


Your charities record on OSCR must state ‘It carries out activities itself’.


You must only submit one application for a programme.


Invest Programmes 2023

Grants programme is closed.