Large Grants Guidelines

Our Large Grants Programme accepts applications between £50,000 and £100,000, these awards can be spent over one or two years. All grant requests must be made using the standard Large Grants Application Form

Applications can only be accepted from charities registered in Scotland.

We particularly wish to help with two key themes:

  • Developing and improving local communities.
  • Financial literacy and financial inclusion.

Our themes are deliberately broad to ensure charities apply for projects that they feel will have the greatest impact on the communities they support.

Our assessment of initial Large Grant applications will cover a variety of key areas including:

  • Evidence of demonstrable need
  • Value for money
  • Real difference made by the project (outputs/impact)
  • Extent of disadvantage or exclusion being addressed
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Innovation
  • Opportunities for Lloyds Banking Group Employee Volunteering

Whilst this list is not exhaustive, you should ensure your initial application does address at least these key areas, if relevant to your project.

The overall objective is to determine whether your application is fulfilling the Foundation's main aim which is 'to support people and their local communities'.

As all our programmes are assessed independently, any current or previous applications to our Small and Medium Grant Programmes does not preclude you from applying for a Large Grant from the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

There are certain activities and organisations that the Bank of Scotland Foundation does not support. It does not make donations to discriminatory or political organisations and does not provide funding to promote religion. Bank of Scotland Foundation does not support organisations that redistribute funding for subsequent grant-making to other organisations and/ or individuals. Bank of Scotland Foundation does not support animal charities or medical research. Bank of Scotland Foundation does not make donations to individuals or for advertising or sponsorship.