Our Reach programme is suitable for charities can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion. This will ensure that our funding will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity and equality and making positive, sustainable change.


Examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues.

Social Exclusion

Examples include charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.


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

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

If you are submitting an application for reach

 You MUST  You cannot apply if

Your charity must have an income of £1m or less

You cannot apply if you are a newly registered charity operational for less than one year with no accounts lodged at OSCR

You must be a charity registered in Scotland, operational for more than one year.

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

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.

If your application for a Reach Grant is declined you cannot apply to Reach for 12 months.

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.



Programme Open for applications Closing date for applications Charities advised of outcome
Reach 12 noon Monday 10th February 2020
12 noon Monday 11th May 2020
12 noon Thursday 2nd April 2020
12 noon Thursday 2nd July 2020
Approx 12 weeks after closing date
Approx 12 weeks after closing date