Before applying, check out our Hints & Tips PDF guide to help you complete your application. 

Our PDF covers off what documents you need to send in and what information could help with your application.

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If you are submitting an application for invest

 You MUST  You cannot apply if

Your charity must have an income of between £100,000 - £1m and be either a financial vulnerability charity or one that has projects addressing financial vulnerability

You cannot apply if you have less than three years Annual Accounts lodged at OSCR

Your charity must have at least three years Annual Accounts lodged with and checked by OSCR

If your charity’s annual income is less than £100,000 or more than £1m

You must be a charity registered in Scotland, operational for at least three years

You cannot apply if you do not have all your regulatory returns up to date at OSCR and Companies House

Make sure you put the correct charity number on your application.

You cannot apply if you are a charity whose purpose is:

  • Political organisation

  • Animal welfare

  • The promotion of religion

  • Medical research

  • To make grants, donations, loans, gifts or pensions to individuals

Make sure your annual accounts are signed by both an independent examiner and a member of the Board. Computer generated or signatures that are blacked out will not be accepted

You cannot apply for donations to:

  • individuals

  • advertising

  • sponsorship

  • foreign trips

  • overseas projects

In your A4 information, describe how you plan to spend any funding award and explain how your community will benefit from it.


You are only able to submit one application at a time and must wait till you have the outcome of that application before you apply for another of our grant programmes.


Make sure your additional A4 information is no more than one page long.


The amount you apply for each year must be the same, with the same breakdown for same cost e.g. a salary each year, £25,000 each year over 5 years = total amount requested of £125,000.


2020/2021 Invest Programmes
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Invest Mid-Jun 2021