Grants for community groups

Midlothian Local Employability Partnership Employability Funding - Tackling Child Poverty

The Local Employability Partnership (LEP), Employability Funding Midlothian is a Scottish Government fund.

Midlothian Council are inviting applications from community groups, charities, social enterprises, public sector bodies and private employability providers who can provide employability support for:

  • 25 to 67 year-olds (pensionable age) who are experiencing barriers to employment
  • Young people aged 24 and under 
  • Priority Families with children in relative poverty   

All applications will be assessed to ensure that they do not contradict relevant legislation and can demonstrate they have suitable delivery, monitoring, and evaluation processes in place. 

Areas of need and partnership working will be prioritised.

Community groups or charities must be constituted and have a bank account. Alternative governance documentation will be accepted for public or private sector.

You must have prior experience of providing employability support to these age groups.


Please read the guidance before completing the application form.

Applications close 23:59 on Friday 1 March 2024.

Place-Based Investment Fund (PBIF)

Applications have now closed. Applicants will be contacted directly.

Community Ownership Fund

The Community Ownership Fund has published a new prospectus introducing positive changes to the Fund.

Read the prospectus and find out how to apply to save your community asset.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF or the Fund) is a central pillar of the UK government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda, and a significant component of its support for places across the UK.

It provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation from the Fund via a funding formula rather than a competition. It will help places right across the country deliver enhanced outcomes and recognises that even the most affluent parts of the UK contain pockets of deprivation and need support.

The UKSPF is one strand of a suite of funding which succeeded the old EU structural funds. This money will invest in the following priorities set by the UK Government:

  • Communities and Place
  • Support for Local Businesses
  • People and Skills.

There is also a pot of funding called Multiply, which focuses on improving numeracy for those aged 19 plus.

Midlothian Council will receive funding through the UKSPF to be distributed locally. The Midlothian Investment Plan which sets out how the money will be spent was signed off by the UK Government in December 2022.

Small Grant Fund

We regret that as part of its budget savings, Midlothian Council has withdrawn its small grant funding programme. This will take effect from 1 April 2023.  Unfortunately, as a result, we can no longer consider applications for 2023/24 small grant funding.

Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF)

The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, delivered in partnership with COSLA and local government, supports locally developed place based regeneration projects that involve local communities, helping to tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth in deprived, disadvantaged and fragile remote communities across Scotland.

RCGF is for larger capital projects that community groups are seeking to progress, applications are invited on an annual basis.

For more information visit Capital investment for regeneration on website.

Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund

The Community Buildings Fund helps community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions by installing renewable technologies such as heat pumps, batteries, and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, along with energy efficiency measures.

Grants of up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000 are available and they plan to run the fund until the end of March 2025, subject to funding availability. 

For more information visit Let's Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund on the Local Energy Scotland website.

Funding Scotland logoOther funding

  • Funding Scotland provides information on over 1200 funds which support Scottish projects including charities, community groups and social enterprises
  • SCVO also provides information on funding at: Funding (

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