Grants Season Kicks off as Donations break £3m barrier

The first tranche of grants for 2013, announced today by the Bank of Scotland Foundation, brings the total the Foundation has distributed to charities across the breadth of Scotland in excess of £3m*. 

Launched in November 2010, the Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity that receives an annual donation of £1m from Lloyds Banking Group. This donation is set to increase to £2m from 2014. Since its inception, well over 200 charities have received grants from the Foundation, including those announced today. 

Kate Guthrie, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees and HR Director, Capability & Engagement, Lloyds Banking Group commented, “I’m delighted to be able to kick start the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s 2013 programme with such a range of truly impactful charities. This brings the total of our donations made to over £3 million. We are always delighted to see the difference our donations are able to make by helping charities continue to deliver vital, and much needed, support across the breadth of their local communities.” 

The aim of the Bank of Scotland Foundation is to continue to help developing and improving communities, financial literacy and financial inclusion by supporting local, regional and national charities working at the heart of communities across Scotland.

The next closing date for the Small Grants Programme is 5pm on Monday 15 April 2013.

*Actual amount awarded is £3,026,600

Applying for a grant: 

Applications for the Small Grants Programme are accepted between £1,000 and £20,000 from charities registered in Scotland only. Grants are awarded for one year. Full details and a Small Grants application form can be downloaded here. 

Charity Name

Sum Awarded


Under £4,999


Burntisland Playground


Hearts & Minds



£5,000 - £9,999


Falkirk & District Association of Mental Health


Home-Start Leith and North East Edinburgh


The Hollies Day Centre for the Elderly


North Argyll Volunteer Car Scheme


Elgin Youth Development Group


Gorebridge Opportunities Ltd


Cancer Link Aberdeen & North


Haldane Youth Services


Engross Theatre Group



£10,000 and over


Edinburgh International Science Festival


Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus




Starter Packs Inverclyde


Afasic Scotland


National Youth Choir of Scotland


Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian





For further information, case studies or photographs please contact Heather Scott, Bank of Scotland Foundation Press Office on 07770 643840