Welcome to AdviceUK Scotland

Independent advice agencies in Scotland were amongst our founders when we formed as the Federation of Independent Advice Centres (FIAC) in 1979.

Today we have growing membership in Scotland and a representative based in Glasgow who co-ordinates support for members.

For example, if you provide money advice or undertake financial capability work, or deliver training to disadvantaged groups have a look at the Santander Foundation website  – grants of up to £10,000 are available nationwide, with grants of up to £30,000 available in selected areas, including Greater Glasgow.


We occasionally hold events especially for our Scottish members and AdvicePro customers. We also like to highlight events that our members are offering and involved in. We will provide updates on events during this period as soon as we can.

Funding Updates

  • Garfield Weston Foundation – The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence. They make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories: Arts; Education; Youth; Health; Community; Museums and Heritage; Environment; Religion and Welfare. – 0207 3996565 or
  • Foundation Scotland – Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme – The Baillie Gifford grants programme supports grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. It replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme. Priorities for the programme are: children and families, elderly people, education, environment, health, people who are physically disabled, homelessness, women and grass roots sports. Minimum: £500 Maximum: £2,000 – Turnaround time for decisions is 10 to 12 weeks from the deadline so please take this into consideration when planning events. – or
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation – Major Grants – Trusthouse gives grants for running costs or one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations under the overarching themes are Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation. Rural communities will have a population of under 10,000 and be based in a remote, rural, economically deprived area where there are few local facilities, transport may be an issue, incomes are low and there are limited opportunities for fundraising. Typical projects are village halls, projects for young and older people and community transport. Urban areas will have a population of more than 10,000. Projects must be based in areas of extreme urban deprivation and your postcode must be ranked within the most deprived 20% of the latest Index of Multiple Deprivation. Local issues are likely to include multigenerational unemployment, poor educational attainment, poor quality and overcrowded housing, tensions between different generations and/or ethnic communities, a culture of low aspirations and achievement. Within the overarching themes, they are interested in projects which fall roughly into two categories: Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage. –
  • National Lottery Community Fund – The National Lottery Community Fund is making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to mark The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. The fund, #CelebrateNationalLottery25, will help communities celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had since its launch in November 1994. Thanks to National Lottery players, £40 billion has been raised for good causes so far, funding over half a million (565,000) projects across the UK. The #CelebrateNationalLottery25 funding will support activity designed to bring people and communities together all over the UK. Up to £2 million will be made available this year in small grants of up to £1,000. The remainder will be released to the sector through the Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All programme.
  • Robertson Trust – Open Grants – The Robertson Trust is one of the leading grant-making charitable trusts in Scotland. Their mission is to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of Scotland’s people and communities – inspired by the example of the founders, the Robertson Sisters. In particular, they focus on the health, social and educational inequalities prevalent in Scotland. –
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. It aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. It supports work that focuses on Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. The fund aims to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change. –


There are various consultations at the moment, which may be of interest to you. Please send through any comments that’s you may have, so that we may feed into the consultations as a collective.

Useful Contacts

Community Connectors
Tel:0141 2712320
Corra Foundation
Tel:0131 4444020
Independent Living Fund
Tel:0300 2002022
Families Outside Tel: 0800 254 0088 Group Work Service
Tel: 01414254850
The Civil Society Brexit Project
LEAP Stirling

Tel: 01786 237517
Cope Scotland www.cope-scotland.orgMoney Advice Scotland
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