Deadline for applications approaches

Bank of Scotland Foundation is reminding charities across Scotland that they only have until 15th April 2011 to send in their applications for the first tranche of funding for 2011.

The Foundation receives an annual donation of £1m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund the Foundation's Small Grants Programme and Employee Matched Giving Scheme.

The Foundation aims to help individuals and groups work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community and is particularly interested in helping: -

  • initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded;
  • working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation; and
  • improving the standard of local facilities

Building the confidence and competence of everyone about finance is also a particular priority for the Bank of Scotland Foundation and in order to achieve this, it is committed to supporting financial literacy and financial inclusion initiatives right across Scotland.

To help make these essential skills both easy and accessible for all, the Foundation is interested in initiatives that: -

  • promote financial awareness and money advice;
  • enhance debt counselling services within the community; and
  • support life-skills in all age groups and sections of the community

Applications are accepted up to and including £20,000 for the Small Grants Programme and grants are awarded for one year only. Full details and a application form can be downloaded from the Small Grants Programme section of the website.

Notes:

  • Applications can only be accepted from charities registered in Scotland and will be accepted until 5pm on Friday 15th April 2011. All applicants will be informed in writing of the Trustees' decisions approximately eight weeks from the closing date for applications.
  • The closing dates for the remainder of 2011 are: Tranche 2 – Tuesday 19th July 2011; Tranche 3 – Friday 14th October 2011