Scottish Charities urged to tap into Innovative Grants

Scottish charities are being urged not to miss out on the opportunity to benefit from the new £100,000 Bank of Scotland Foundation volunteering grants programme. 

The ground breaking programme, aimed at boosting community volunteering, is designed to enhance the Foundation’s existing grants programme which has distributed over £2m to over 450 charities since its launch in November 2010. Open to Scottish charities, the volunteering programme is set to close for applications at 5pm on Wednesday 15th August 2012.

Kate Guthrie, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees and HR Director, Insurance, Lloyds Banking Group reminded Scottish charities to get in touch with the Foundation, “Whilst we operate independently from Lloyds Banking Group, our history together provides us with this unique volunteering grant opportunity. The collaboration of the Foundation’s funding, together with the Group’s colleague volunteers, is a tremendously strong proposition allowing us to provide significant benefits for charities that go beyond funding alone. We've a team of people ready to receive applications and I’d urge charities not to miss this valuable volunteering opportunity.”

The programme, which opened for two months from 20 June 2012, provides charities with up to £20,000 to deliver a volunteering project by utilising the Foundation grant alongside Lloyds Banking Group volunteers. Underscoring its commitment to the new programme the Foundation allocated £100,000 to support community volunteering projects. 

Working closely with the Lloyds Banking Group Volunteering Programme, the initiative will ensure the Foundation provides Scottish charities with not just funding, but also the manpower to really make a difference to their local communities.  

The Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity supporting people and their local communities across Scotland. The Foundation receives £1m annually from Lloyds Banking Group to fund Grants Programmes and a Matched Giving Programme.  

For more information, please contact Heather Scott on 07770 643840 or heatherscott@halifax.co.uk 

Charities requiring more information should call the Foundation on 0131 655 2599 or email enquiries@bankofscotlandfoundation.co.uk or by writing to, Bank of Scotland Foundation, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 1YZ. 

Volunteering Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation Volunteering Grants Programme will fund charities with up to £20,000 to deliver projects through volunteering.  In addition, Lloyds Banking Group will aim to engage colleague volunteers to support the projects that are funded.

Grants will be provided to charities that aim to engage additional volunteers in:

  • new projects or
  • existing projects to help them grow and reach their potential.

Applications can only be accepted from charities registered in Scotland.

The closing date for applications is 15 August 2012

The details of charities that are successful in obtaining a grant through the Volunteering Grants Programme will be shared with Lloyds Banking Group and the Group will aim to engage colleague volunteers to support the projects that are being funded.

About Lloyds Banking Group’s Community Investment Programme

Lloyds Banking Group is the biggest investor in UK Communities, investing £85m during 2011; it has committed to invest a similar amount this year. As one of the UK’s biggest employers, it knows its colleague volunteering initiatives can make a real difference. Thousands of colleagues are active participants in local community organisations, in and out of company time. The Group’s Day to Make a Difference programme enables all Lloyds Banking Group employees to spend one day a year, during working hours, volunteering for a charity or local community project.