Grants under £5,000

Grants under £5,000

How much can be applied for?

Applicants can apply for a maximum of 90% of the total eligible project costs of no more than £5,000 (exclusive of VAT). Applications are also welcome for requests of £5,000 towards the cost of larger eligible projects.

In-kind contribution may be considered for match against small applications only. This will be viewed on a case-by-case basis but should not be seen as a guarantee that this will be accepted. Applicants are strongly advised to look at alternatives if in-kind contribution is not accepted.

Alternative sources of funding

Fife Council has teamed up with SCVO’s Funding Scotland to provide a free advanced funding search facility for charities, community groups and social enterprises in Fife. It includes information on over 1,000 funds and can help you find everything from small grants to funding for big capital projects.

Application deadlines

The Small Grants Scheme operates on a rolling basis and applications can be submitted to the programme at any time.

A total of £100,000 has been allocated to funding small grant projects, which will be available for the duration of the programme or until fully allocated, whichever comes first.

How will applications be assessed?

Small grant applications (less than £5,000) will be assessed, and a decision will be made by the Local Community Planning Team. These applications will be assessed on:

  • how well they meet the themes and objectives of the overall Levenmouth Reconnected Programme;
  • how they integrate with the community;
  • their financial sustainability following the completion of the project.

Application process

The application process for small grants will take a minimum of 29 working days for a decision to be made. Timescales maybe significantly longer for those applications that have not provided all the required detail within their initial application or are requested to clarify information/details they have provided.

The application process for the Small Grants Scheme is as follows:

Application process - small grants

Fife Council reserves the right to change the process at any time, as well as how applications are assessed, if they feel it is reasonable to do so.

Application guidance

Before starting your application, please refer to all the following documents, which will help you when completing your application. By following the guidance, it will help reduce any possible delays caused due to missing or incomplete information.

Applicants must not commence any work prior to a formal grant offer issued by the Levenmouth Reconnected Programme, as we are unable to fund retrospectively for work already undertaken.

We also have developed a set of FAQs to help you answer any questions you may have about the process.

Real Living Wage

Fife Council is committed to creating a Fairer Fife by tackling poverty and inequality.

To support this ambition, the Council has become an accredited Living Wage employer and encourages all other businesses and organisations in Fife to join them.

The real Living Wage is a nationally set rate of pay that is independently calculated on an annual basis to reflect the real costs of everyday living.

Living Wage accreditation celebrates employers who want to help tackle low pay and in-work poverty within their local communities by choosing to go further than simply paying the UK government minimum wage.

To become an accredited Living Wage employer an organisation must voluntarily commit to paying all directly-employed staff over the age of 18 the current real Living Wage (including sub-contracted staff who are on site more than 2 hours/week over an 8-week period). Accreditation is a simple and straightforward online registration process.

To find out more about the real Living Wage and how to become an accredited employer visit the Living Wage Scotland website.

Contacting us

If you have any further questions about the Small Grants Scheme, please use our contact information.

Start your application for Small Grants Scheme funding