Our Reach programme is suitable for charities can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion. This will ensure that our funding will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity and equality and making positive, sustainable change.


Examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues.

Social Exclusion

Examples include charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.


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.

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If you are submitting an application for reach

 You MUST  You cannot apply if

Your charity must have an income of £1.5m or less

You cannot apply if you are a newly registered charity operational for less than one year with no accounts lodged at OSCR

You must be a charity registered in Scotland, operational for more than one year.

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.

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

  • Political organisation

  • Animal welfare

  • The promotion of religion

  • Medical research

Make sure your annual accounts are signed by both an independent examiner and a member of the Board. Computer generated or signatures that are blacked out will not be accepted.

You cannot apply for donations to:

  • individuals

  • advertising

  • sponsorship

  • foreign trips

  • overseas projects

In your A4 information, describe how you plan to spend any funding award and explain how your community will benefit from it.

If you are currently in receipt of a Reach grant, you are unable to reapply until one year after the date of receipt of funds.

You are only able to submit one application at a time and must wait till you have the outcome of that application before you apply for another of our grant programmes.

If you applied to Reach but received a letter from us saying your application was declined, you must wait 6 months from the date of the letter before reapplying for that programme.

Make sure your additional A4 information is no more than one page long.


Charities are able to apply to Reach for funding for a period of 12 months or less. All funds must be spent with 12 months of receipt of funds.



More dates to follow.
Programme Open for applications Closing date for applications Charities advised of outcome
Reach 12 noon Mon 5 October 12 noon Thu 8 October End November