Large Grants

Revenue funding for registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million.

Important Information

Later this year, we will be introducing adjustments to the structure of Our Funds. 

So that we can make the necessary changes to our communications, applications, monitoring forms and guidance, we are currently closed to new applications and will be reopening with the new look version of Our Funds in September 2024.

This will include changes to the income thresholds and maximum award sizes available through our Wee and Small Grants. Our maximum Wee Grant award will increase from £2,000 to £5,000, and our maximum Small Grant will increase from £15,000 to £20,000. We look forward to sharing more detail over the Summer, including what is in and out of scope for funding through our themes.

As a result of the pausing of Our Funds, we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls, emails and new applications. Our Funding team are continuing to work hard to respond to enquiries and assess applications within our published deadlines, but if there are any changes to this we'll notify applicants on an individual basis.

For more information and detail on what this means for applicants, please see our latest updates >

Sharpening the focus of Our Funds (April 2024)

Introducing upcoming changes to Our Funds (May 2024)

Please note that our current Work Pathways open call sits separately to Our Funds. The current closing of Our Funds does not impact this open call.

Large Grants is one of our four funding offers for registered charities who work to address poverty and trauma in Scotland. For more details of the kind of work we fund, take a look at Who and what we fund.


  • For registered charities with an annual income* of between £100,000 and £2 million
  • Unrestricted or restricted* revenue funding of between £15,000 and £50,000 per year, for up to five years
  • Can include the costs of equipment to support your work
  • We will aim to give you a decision within 8 to 12 weeks. We're currently receiving increased numbers of applications across Our Funds however. The Team is continuing to work hard to respond to requests and assess new applications within our published deadlines, but if there are any changes to this we'll notify applicants on an individual basis.

Please note that unless the activities outlined in your application are purposely designed to address those issues described within one or more of our four Primary Themes, we are unable to consider your request for a Large Grant.  Details of our Themes are as follows:

Financial Security

Emotional Wellbeing and Relationships

Education Pathways

Work Pathways

In some circumstances, where applicants feel that their work addresses the broader aims of one or more of our Primary Themes, we may be able to consider an application for a Small Grant. However, this type of funding was developed to support smaller organisations with annual income of up to £100,000 and these are therefore the groups which we will prioritise under Small Grants. This is because we wish to ensure that the application process and level of any funding awarded is proportionate to the size of the applicant organisation. If you have any queries regarding this, please email us at the following address

Organisations of this size may also apply for a Community Vehicle Grant.


Annual Income: This is based on the money your organisation received in the last financial year, as shown in your most recent annual accounts. If you are a new organisation, which has not yet produced accounts, you can base this on the income you expect to bring in in the year ahead. As a general rule, we will only accept applications for Large Grants from charities whose annual income is between £100K and £2M. There are some cases where we will make exceptions, for example, if your income last year was less than £100K but you are growing your activities and projecting increased costs; or if your income was over £2M due to one-off funding for a capital project, or additional services delivered to support your community during the pandemic.  If you would like to be considered for a Large Grant but you’re still not sure if it’s right for your charity, please call us on 0141 353 4321 to discuss.

Revenue funding: is used to cover the costs of providing day-to-day services. We can provide revenue funding in two ways:

Unrestricted funding: can be spent on annual running costs of your organisation, such as salaries, heating, lighting, administration, consumables and small items of equipment. We particularly welcome applications for unrestricted funding where the work of your organisation is purposely designed to addresses an issue described within one or more of our four Primary Themes. We can however consider the costs of projects and specific salaries or activities if this will better meet your needs.  

Restricted funding: can only be used for a specific project, activity or designated purpose, as applied or identified and agreed by us as being aligned to an issue described within one or more of our four Primary Themes.

Guidance highlights – you’ll need:

  • At least three unconnected Trustees on your charity’s Board
  • Recent independently examined or audited annual accounts
  • A policy on equality and diversity, and a safeguarding policy (if applicable)
  • A full job description if your request is for funding towards a specific salary cost.

What's next?

Introducing Upcoming Changes to Our Funds
View our latest blog that introduces some of the upcoming changes to Our Funds in September 2024.

Read the full guidance
View the detailed guidance for Large Grants.

What's important to us
Read about the key criteria we consider when assessing applications.

Read our recent update which aims to support those applying for a Large Grant through Our Funds. This update looks a little deeper at each of the issues relating to Emotional Wellbeing and Relationships and provides examples of what we have recently funded.