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Foundation Scotland - Baillie Gifford Community Awards


The Baillie Gifford grants programme supports grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. It replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme.

The fund will consider applications that fit at least one of the following priorities:

  • People affected by homelessness

  • People affected by substance abuse

  • People affected by domestic abuse

  • Food / financial / digital security

  • Veterans

  • Young people

  • People affected by loneliness

  • Care experienced young people

  • Education

  • Women

  • Children and families

  • The environment

  • The elderly

  • Health and disability

  • Grassroots sports

  • Improvements to IT equipment

Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding:Grant

Type of cost:Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes



Notes on award amounts:

Can only support applications where the grant request is at least 25% of the total costs. Please do not apply if your project as a whole costs more than £20,000.

Who can apply

Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply. Annual income in the most recent financial year must be less than £250,000.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions take approximately 10 weeks from receipt of your application.

How to apply

Online application form via Foundation Scotland website.


  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £250,000

  • Statutory organisations; work in schools, during school/lesson hours

  • Grant requests for less than 25% of the project costs

  • Trips abroad

  • Second hand vehicles

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Projects which are mainly for the advancement of religion or politics

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland

  • Retrospective funding

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