Take the North: A BMX Event at Glasgow Canal

A brand new BMX street contest series starting in August 2021, on a purpose-built course under a huge tent at Live At No.40, Glasgow!

A multi-day BMX event, Take The North will run from the 5th – 7th of August and will include free BMX lessons, the chance to ride the event course, and a BMX contest on the final day with a £3000 prize purse.

August 5th : Free BMX Lessons

A unique chance to enjoy free BMX lessons with coaches from The Loading Bay Skatepark, on the competition course for Take The North.

As part of “Take The North”, we are offering a limited number of free BMX lessons. Simply select a timeslot which suits you and show up at least 10 mins early to your slot.

Lessons will be suitable for beginner and more advanced riders, with everyone getting the opportunity to hone their skills and come away with something new.

Under 16s must have a parent or guardian present. Under 16s must also wear a helmet. All participants will have to sign a waiver form before participating.

August 6th : Ride The Course

Get the chance to ride the course the day before the main event.
About this event
This is the only period during which the general public will be able to ride the Take The North course. Sign up early to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces available!

Under 16s must wear a helmet and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Less experienced riders are recommended to join the “Free Lessons” sessions on Thursday instead. All riders will be asked to complete a waiver form.

August 7th : The Main Event

Over 15 invitation-only BMX street riders from the UK and beyond will go head-to-head on a purpose-built, 280 square metre course designed by Vision Ramps, in an incredible venue by the Forth & Clyde canal in Glasgow. £3000 in prize money is up for grabs.

The Venue “Live At No.40” is situated on Edington Street and will have space for over 200 spectators to enjoy the finals under the canopy. Scotland hasn’t seen a BMX event of this size for a few years due to the pandemic and we are stoked to be able to deliver one in such an exciting space. Live at No.40 will be serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and a limited number of alcoholic drinks.

The final course design will be launched next week, and we will be posting regular updates on our Instagram page as other details are finalised: @takethenorth_

This event is being delivered in partnership with Glasgow Life and the 2023 Cycling World Champs to celebrate the #PowerOfTheBike.

Join in and celebrate with Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Come and join canal side community groups and Scottish Canals as we celebrate the opening of the Claypits Glasgow!

Saturday 31st July 2021, 10am-2pm
Free entry

Enjoy a fun-filled day of healthy, outdoor activities both on and off the water, with fun for everyone. Try your hand at paddle boarding or pond dipping, biking and boating, or just enjoy the live music and spectacular views!

Can you help us?

We will have two information stalls as part of the Claypits Official Opening. We want to speak with everyone who visits, and will be inviting people to join us and get involved. If you have any time to spare between 10am and 2pm and want to help us out on the day, then please email us at claypitslnr@gmail.com to find out more. Even if it is just a short time on the stalls, it all helps!

Everyone on the Hamiltonhill Claypits LNR Management Group is a volunteer and, like you, we just love the Claypits! So come along on Saturday 31st July, bring your family and friends and come say hello to us.

August events

A massive thank you to everyone who has joined us over the last few months on our Litter Picks, Birdwatching walks and Zoom meetings. We are only just getting started, there is a lot of work to be done but with your help we can care for the site into the future.

Litter Pick, Sunday 22nd August, 11am, Ellesmere Street entrance
Birdwatch Walk, Saturday 28th August, 10am, Applecross Basin

Register here for one or both events.

Out and About Meeting is on Tuesday 31st August 7pm, via Zoom
Register here with Eventbrite.
Come along and let us know what you think and hear what is planned for the coming weeks and months and how you can get involved.

Photography Competition

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding we will have a Claypits Youth Artists group providing arts workshops and activities to young people over the coming months. Please email claypitsyouthartists@gmail.com if you are interested in getting involved.

To celebrate the opening of the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve, the Claypits Youth Artists group is holding a photo contest open to all ages.

Head out into the Claypits and let your imagination come to life – be creative, be thoughtful, be silly – we want to see the space from your perspective!

Prizes will be given for:
Most Scenic Photo
Funniest Photo
Selfie Excellence

Photos must be taken from July 30th – August 1st 2021 in the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve. To enter, send your photo along with your name, age, phone number and email to claypitsyouthartists@gmail.com by midnight on August 1st.

Winners will be notified and announced on August 7th.

About Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve

Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve is an urban oasis, just a mile from Glasgow city centre. An inner-city parkland, the Claypits is a 6.7 hectare greenspace, home to an array of plants, trees and wildlife including roe deer, peregrine falcons, whitethroat warblers and a host of waterfowl.

Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth and Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard.

The Claypits are now open providing access to new pathways, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge which connects the west and east sides of the canal north of Applecross Basin. As well as wildlife, the Claypits also offer spectacular views over the city.

Funding Update – July

Funding with upcoming deadlines – July/August/September

Year of Stories 2022 Open Events Fund

This fund has been designed to support new, creative event proposals and programming that will provide high profile content created especially in response to the 2022 Themed Year opportunity. Successful proposals must provide strong engagement opportunities that create key moments across the year capable of driving high levels of media coverage, audience awareness and attendance. Proposals must clearly articulate responsible tourism and sustainable development principles, including how the event will manage economic, social, and environmental impacts and maximise positive outcomes.

Grants of between £15,000 – £60,000
Deadline: Thursday 12 August 2021
Events must take place in Scotland in 2022, be public facing and attractive to visitors and locals alike.

Community Event and Activity Support Fund – Climate Fringe COP26

Applications are encouraged from grassroots and community groups in Scotland who wish to create an event/activity for Climate Fringe Week 18-26 September. The aim of this small fund is to get more people involved, across wider audiences and to channel the energies and desire for people to connect with the international Climate Talks into local awareness and action. The fund encourages events and engagement in diverse communities (socio-economically, ethnically and geographically).

The deadline is Friday 30 July 2021 at 17:00

Bank of Scotland Foundation – Reach

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

Upcoming rounds are: Opening at 12 noon on 26 July 2021 and closing at 12 noon on 29 July 2021 (for decisions mid-September 2021) Opening at 12 noon on 20 September 2021 and closing at 12 noon on 24 Sep 2021 (for decision end of November 2021)

Next deadlines: 29th July 2021 and 24th September 2021

The Awesome Foundation – Glasgow

The Glasgow Chapter of the Awesome Foundation gives small, no-strings-attached mini-grants to cool projects that will make the world, and Glasgow, more Awesome.

-The project must be based locally (Glasgow – with a G postcode).
-You need to have a budget – prove you have a plan for how additional funds will be raised.
-It has to benefit the local community.
-Most of all, it has to be Awesome

Next deadline : Friday 30th July 2021. Apply at any time. Funds are awarded every two months.

The Fore Trust

The Fore Trust offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. It makes unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example, enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before. It will also match successful applicants with friendly professional support including ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance. From Summer 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. This could be in helping organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

How to apply: Organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round – this can be done at the link below when the funding round opens. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early (Registrations open at 10am). Registration for the Autumn 2021 funding round opens on Monday 26th July at 10am. 

Foundation Scotland – Volant Charitable Trust Open Grants

The Volant Trust’s aim is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. It supports Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk. Projects must demonstrate a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.

The Trustees meet bi-annually in April and October to make decisions. There is a two-stage application process. The first step is to complete the online enquiry form on the funder website to send an outline of your project. If invited, you will be sent a full application to complete.

To receive a decision by April 2022 all enquiry forms must be submitted between 1st July and 31st October 2021.

Next deadline: 31st Oct 2021

Funds with ongoing open grants programmes – apply any time

Culture and Business Fund – Arts and Business Scotland

The Culture & Business Fund Scotland enables businesses and arts or heritage organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects to life.

The CBFS is primarily perceived as a means of additional support that enable culture organisations to extend engagement activities to benefit the public and address business needs. It can also provide vital funding to support behind the scenes development work to adapt for new ways of working, support and future delivery.

If you are an arts or heritage organisation seeking or securing business support to enhance digital expertise, undertake website development, appoint development staff or enable other work to develop wider connections to reach potential audiences for now and the future, we’d like to hear from you to see if we can help.

We’d also like to hear from you if you are a business that would like to know how the CBFS can help you to support cultural activities that can contribute to creating healthy and inspiring working environments that empower your people to innovate, contribute to your local community, or provide access to potential new market opportunities to unlock your commercial potential.

Young Start Fund – National Lottery Community Fund

Young Start are offering funding from £10,000 to £100,000 to help children and young people across Scotland become more confident, so they can realise their own potential

They will fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes:

– children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
– children and young people have better connections with the wider community
– children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business.

They also believe that the following three approaches are vital in making sure that funding makes the biggest difference possible. They want to fund work that is:

– people-led – meaningfully involving the young people you’re working with in the development, design and delivery of your activity
– strengths-based – making the most of, and building on, the skills and experiences of young people and assets within communities
– connected – having a good understanding of what others are doing locally, developing good working relationships and complementing and adding value to other relevant activity in your area.

The National Lottery Community Fund – National Lottery Awards for All

Awards For All supports projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. Priorities are: bringing communities together, improving places that matter to communities, and enabling people to fulfil their potential. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. It will take up to 12 weeks to get a decision. Grants available from £300 – £10,000.

The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues. They favour work which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation. They consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues. The focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential.

In addition, areas of special interest are: Young people’s improved mental health; Arts as a tool to achieve social change; Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

Deadline: Ongoing. You can apply at any time and can normally expect to receive a decision within 3-4 months, although they recommend allowing six months for a decision.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence. The Foundation is only able to support UK registered charities and CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations) working within the UK. There are no deadlines. The Trustees make decisions all year round on grant applications. Regular Grants (those under £100,000) are considered in order of receipt to be fair to all. They also have eight meetings per year to review Major Grant applications.

Merchants House of Glasgow

The fund supports a wide range of projects being undertaken by charities within and around Glasgow. Available only to registered charities.
Applications can be submitted at any time. The grants committee meets in February, April, August and November.

Western Recreation Trust

The Trust awards grants to organisations based in the West of Scotland working to improve recreational facilities for young people, older people and those who are unemployed. Grants are awarded towards the cost of equipment. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. To make an enquiry about an application please contact: susie@monteithsolicitors.com

Hugh Fraser Foundation

Makes donations to registered charities working in many different sectors including education and arts organisations. The Trustees meet normally in March, June, September and December. The cut- off-date for applications is normally a month before the meeting date. To make an enquiry about an application please contact: hughfraserfoundation@turcanconnell.com

If you have a specific enquiry relating to funding for your organisation or project please contact Fiona Greer (Funding and Communications Officer) by email- fionagreer2020@gmail.com

Launch of ‘Play Port’ sees Port Dundas become thrilling playground of activity

Play Port – an exciting new collaboration between three of Glasgow’s leading urban sports attractions – has launched today, Thursday 24 June.

The partnership between Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow Wake Park and The Loading Bay Skatepark in Port Dundas lets people sign up for a host of activity packages through one easy-to-book central system.

The three alternative sport venues are all located around the top of the Forth and Clyde Canal and have transformed the area into an exciting playground of thrilling activity and a must-visit adventure spot over the last few years.

With packages including a combination of skateboarding, canoeing, scooting, white water tubing, BMX, bushcraft and wakeboarding, everyone from beginners to adrenaline lovers will be able to easily experience the great outdoors in the heart of Glasgow.

With Play Port sessions available to book now for July 2021 onwards, the team behind Play Port hope to attract members from the local community, school groups, corporate teams and stag and hen parties, as well as anyone looking for a day out or a birthday party with a difference. Play Port gift cards will also be available.

Director of The Loading Bay skatepark John Bailey said: “We’re so proud to have launched Play Port – a partnership between three incredible sporting venues jam-packed with adventurous experiences. This new collaborative brand allows people to try the different activities we have to offer through one easy to book system.

“The sporting facilities around Port Dundas are unique and the area is fast becoming a hub for adventure. After many months of uncertainty and closures due to Covid-19, each of our venues are excited to be looking towards the summer and welcoming familiar and new faces to have fun in a no pressure environment. Our teams are incredibly welcoming and can’t wait to see more people experience an urban adventure by Glasgow’s canal thanks to the launch of Play Port.”

The three forward-thinking organisations behind Play Port were awarded grant funding from the city’s tourism industry network – Experience Glasgow and their collaboration fund last year to create a unified adventure and alternative sports brand alongside creating a must-visit destination for the city.

Craig Martin, chair of Experience Glasgow explains: “Play Port is splashing into the city this summer creating something truly unique for Glaswegians to enjoy.

“By investing in fun, local experiences like Play Port, Experience Glasgow is proud to support the recovery of the city and enhance our visitor economy. The vision by The Glasgow Canal Co-op has been nothing short of inspiring and there’s nowhere else quite like Play Port for an afternoon of adventure. So support local this summer and make sure you give them a visit, you won’t regret it.”

Regular Pinkston Watersports visitor Sam, 16, said: “I’m super excited for this! It opens up a whole new adventure experience right on your doorstep!”

As members of Glasgow Canal Co-op, the three cutting-edge organisations already work closely together in this part of the city, which has undergone significant regeneration and a renaissance in recent years, to ensure their fantastic sport facilities are accessible to the local community.

Visit www.play-port.co.uk to find out more and book your experience.

Hamiltonhill Claypits seek new Digital Youth Artist in Residence

The Digital Youth Artist in Residence (DYAIR) project, hosted by the Hamilton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, aims to broaden our engagement with youth and digital audiences. This project is supported by Heritage Lottery Funding, which also enabled us to purchase digital equipment to engage community members – tablets, cameras and webcams. This equipment will form an essential part of involving our community in creative activities around wildlife watching, recording and learning, amongst other activities.

Submissions are open to artists with demonstrable digital skills, between the ages of 18 to 26 who either live in Glasgow or have a strong relationship with the city. Experience undertaking artistic projects with a community focus is also desirable.
As DYAIR, you will help develop, run and curate activities particularly focused on youth and digital engagement. As such, your application should focus on demonstrating your artistic practice and skills, showing us why you are suitable for this role, and telling us a bit about how you would deliver the role outputs.

Deadline: Friday 18th June 2021
Where: Online and at Hamilton Claypits LNR
Duration: from 28th June – October 31st 2021
Offered by the residency: £2,300

100 hours work equivalent to 10 hours per week over 10 weeks at £23 per hour. The precise distribution of those 100 hours will be flexible and appropriate to delivering the tasks undertaken.

Project outputs:

Engage with young people in the local area between 28th June and 31 October 2021 to deliver project outputs*:

A photo and art exhibition
2+ online film screenings
A short video about the Claypits
Develop HCLNR social media presence, website and online resources
Create content for our website
Enhance our Instagram presence
Develop ongoing online strategy

*Please note that the exact form that there is some flexibility to tweak the outputs, on the occasion that the applicant makes a compelling argument to deliver an alternate event to one or more of those listed.

How to Apply:

To apply for this role, please submit the following to claypitslnr@gmail.com

· An artist’s CV and or link to your website, detailing your education and relevant experience

· Examples of your artistic practice

· The completed project proposal form

For further information: claypitslnr@gmail.com

Share your canal memories with us!

Do you have memories of the canal over the past 30 years? Perhaps you attended an event or festival on the canal? Did your parents or grandparents work on or near the canal? Did you ever take a trip on the Nolly Barge? Have you lived nearby and remember the changes that have taken place around the local area? If so, we want to hear your story!

Our heritage project

The Glasgow Canal Co-op is calling on local people and communities to contribute to a new digital archive of the Forth and Clyde Canal, helping to shine a light on some of the incredible social and cultural changes that have taken place between Port Dundas and Maryhill over the last three decades from the 1990s to the present day.

This new digital archive is backed by Historic Environment Scotland and will include relevant projects from the past 30 years such as events, art installations, oral histories, performances, interpretation or exhibitions. The project aims to bring together information on the role of communities, cultural activities, and environmental improvement work in the canal’s recent history.

How can you get involved?

The Co-op is looking for material in a range of formats, from promotional materials and annual reports to photographs, video clips and website links, so we can capture what canal-related projects have taken place, what they did, who was involved, the results and what happened next.

If you have a memory, story or photograph to share please contact Anna by email: hello@glasgowcanal.com

Narrowboaters and cycling charity join Canal Co-op

Glasgow Canal Co-op has welcomed a new member and new associate member to its groups of organisations working to unlock the canal’s potential to create a vibrant area in the north of the city for people to live, work and visit.

Narrowboaters Glasgow, a representative organisation for boaters in the Glasgow area, became the Co-op’s 18th member, while Free Wheel North, a cycling charity based in Maryhill, has joined as an associate member.


Together they will work with existing members including Hamiltonhill Claypits Nature Reserve, Scottish Canals and others, on improving collaboration, utilising local skills and assets and developing new experiences for visitors and residents to the Forth and Clyde Canal between Pinkston and Firhill.

Colin Robertson of Narrowboaters Glasgow, said: “The members of Narrowboaters Glasgow live, work and play on the canal so we are looking forward to being involved in projects which benefit the local area. Not only do we have a unique connection with the canal, we have a range of experience to draw on to make the area covered by the Co-op even better than it already is.”

Norman Armstrong of Free Wheel North said: “By becoming an associate member of the Co-op we hope to work closely with others to help this part of north Glasgow reach its full potential. 

“Free Wheel North exists to enable everyone regardless of ability to enjoy outdoor space and activity, especially through cycling but for wheelchair users, pedestrians and children and are keen to work with others to ensure access, inclusion and community empowerment when it comes to enjoying the public space around the canal.”

Glasgow Canal Co-op Project Manager Anna Young said: “We would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest members of the Glasgow Canal Co-op who join a diverse and passionate community of people working together along the canal. We look forward to collaborating with both of them to continue the ongoing regeneration of this unique and exciting part of the city.”

Call for material for Glasgow Canal archive

Social, cultural and environmental evolution of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow to be captured in digital resource

The Glasgow Canal Co-op is calling on local organisations to contribute to a new archive of the Forth and Clyde Canal, helping to collate and share north Glasgow’s social, cultural and environmental evolution over the last thirty years.

The project is looking to collate material on the role of communities, cultural activities, and environmental improvement work in the canal’s recent history. There have been many projects delivered in recent years which have explored  industrial canal heritage, so instead the Co-op is focusing on the relationship between the people of Glasgow and the precious waterway.

Evolving identity

Relevant projects from over the years, whether an event, art installation, oral history, performance, written piece, interpretation or exhibit, will be added to an accessible digital archive at www.glasgowcanal.com to highlight the canal’s evolving identity.

The archive is backed by Historic Environment Scotland who wanted to support the Co-op’s plans to shine a light on some of the incredible social and cultural heritage projects which have taken place between Port Dundas and Firhill over the last three decades.

Anna Young, Project Manager at Glasgow Canal Co-op, said: “The canal space has undergone significant change in terms of how it is used, and by who, and how people feel about it. From working with our own Co-op members and other local organisations, we know that a broad range of projects have been delivered in connection with the canal. 

“We are keen to identify these valuable projects, collating them and reconnecting them with the canal and are asking for people’s help to bring them together in one place for people to access. It would be great to ensure all the fantastic work to regenerate the Glasgow Canal is featured and highlight the impact this has had on the people living and working around it.”

The Co-op is looking for material in a range of formats, from promotional materials and annual reports to photographs, video clips and website links, so they can capture what canal-related project have taken place, what they did, who was involved, the results and what happened next.  

Alongside the digital archive, the material could also be included as part of forthcoming events, a future exhibition or promotional campaign.

All material included will be properly credited and the team plan to work with organisations including the Mitchell Library to ensure that materials can be properly archived for the future.

Get involved

If you would like more information or to get involved, please email hello@glasgowcanal.com.

Community shares fond feelings of life along the canal for crockery project

“Sunsets across the city”, “vital ecosystem”, “bees and butterflies dancing among the flowers” and “fishing with friends” are just some of the phrases members of the local community have used to describe their memories and experiences of the Forth and Clyde Canal in North Glasgow.

The submissions are all part of community crockery project run by food-based social enterprise Gathering Ground.

Gathering Ground will now use these precious stories and drawings of the canal to create a 90-piece hand-thrown crockery set which will be displayed at Gathering Ground in Old Basin House at Applecross Wharf and available to borrow by local community members.

People from across the local area got involved, including wee ones from Hamiltonhill Family Learning Centre and residents of Queen’s Cross Housing Association properties.

One member of the community wrote: a touching message which sums up the importance of the waterway to life in north Glasgow: “The canal unplugs me from the chaotic and noisy city and reminds me how important and vital an ecosystem like this is! From the bottom of my heart thank you! for taking care of it.”

The final crockery set will consist of plates, bowls, saucers, mugs and sharing platter and will be made by Kevin Callaghan, an award-winning sculptor based in Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

Vanessa Gilpin, Director of Gathering Ground, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who has got involved in this special project which aims to explore how people identify with the Canal District, transferring these discoveries into everlasting pieces of hand-thrown crockery to be shared with the local community.

“It’s been a joy to uncover people’s experiences and memories. The next step is that we are going to get these printed onto decals and transferred onto the crockery items. We can’t wait to see the finished products and to see them used by others along the Glasgow canal.”

The project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and overseen by the Glasgow Canal Co-operative on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

The Gathering Ground were one of a selection of local groups and initiatives awarded a share of a £36,000 funding pot to helps the community explore and unlock the canal’s rich history and create exciting new activities across the area.

Funding Update – February

Funding to support response and resilience during Covid-19

Adapt & Thrive Programme

Grants and loans up to £250,000, as well as tailored specialist advice, are available to third sector organisations in Scotland for implementing organisational change needed to adapt to the challenges presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Open for applications and runs until March 2021.

Business Hardship Fund

Glasgow City Council has allocated a further £4.467million to businesses in the city which aims to help businesses ineligible for any of the existing government business support schemes. The fund will go live on 5 February, and will be in operation until 19 February. It will offer three levels of payment based on company size: £9,000 for businesses employing between 25 and 50 staff; £6,000 for businesses employing between 10 and 24 staff; and £3,000 for businesses employing 9 staff or less.

Communities Recovery Fund

Grants up to £75,000 are available for third sector organisations in Scotland to support people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery and tackle the challenges presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  The fund will support practical measures to support re-opening/re-shaping services.

Open for applications and runs until March 2021.

COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. To receive a decision by October 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st July 2021

 Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

The Fund is open for applications up to £5,000 and the fund is now focussing on Resilience. The fund’s priority is supporting organisations with their long-term planning, helping them become more sustainable in the future, despite the continued uncertainty. The aims of the new Resilience phase are to:

  • Strengthen communities by improving their ability to respond to future and continued challenges due to the pandemic
  • Strengthen organisations to be sustainable in the longer term, through staff development of internal infrastructure
  • Support organisations to increase their service provision to meet growing needs

Hardship Funds for Artists

Bella Caledonia are posting a list of hardship funds and awards currently available to artists and freelancers in Scotland. 

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

This is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. Deadline 31 March 2021.

 Coronavirus – information for businesses

The UK and Scottish Governments have announced a package of support to assist businesses. Glasgow City Council has a summary page of these where you can see what support is available for  individuals and organisations affected by coronavirus.

National Lottery Heritage Funding has reopened

The Fund is offering resilience and inclusion project funding to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in as follows:

  • Support organisations working with heritage to adapt and recover in the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis


  • Are focused on inclusion, led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage.

There are two levels of grant award – from £3,000 to £10,000 and from £10,000 to £100,000

OTHER Funding

Co-operative and Social Enterprise Fund for 2020/21

Glasgow City Council have launched the new fund for 20/21. They offer funding, advice and support to individuals, businesses and social enterprises on developing co-operative business models. They are keen to encourage the creation of new co-operatives and to grow existing ones.

In 2021-21 the CSEF will award grants of up to £5,000 towards eligible activity.

Cycling Facilities Fund

Grants from £20,000 up to £500,000 are available to constituted non-profit distributing organisations in Scotland for projects that improve cycling facilities across the country. The Fund has three main aims:

• Inspire the nation to cycle: Providing accessible, inclusive and inspiring facilities that enable and encourage people to engage with cycling in all its forms, regardless of their background, gender, age, ethnicity or ability.

• Grow and develop club and community cycling: Providing multi-discipline hub facilities with safe coaching and skill development areas that support the growth and development of cycling clubs and hubs.

• Grow and develop local and regional event opportunities: Providing new or upgrading existing facilities to enable local and regional festivals, competition and events.

Funding is awarded monthly until funds run out.

Pedal for Scotland Grants

Grants up to £10,000 to support local events in more places to get more people in Scotland cycling. Two levels of funding are available:

• Small grants of up to £1,000 for community cycling events with 50 – 250 participants

• Large grants of up to £10,000 for Pedal for Scotland events with 250 – 700 participants, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland

Deadline 8 March 2021

The Tree Council: Grant funding for tree planting

Funds are available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree, orchard and hedge planting projects this winter (November 2020 – March 2021). They will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1500.To allow for a four week turnaround time from application to award, the deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 12 February 2021. Applicants must ensure that they can plan, execute and claim for their completed project by the end of March 2021.

Glasgow City Council’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund

For financial year 2021/22 £2.315m is available. The objectives for this funding are to tackle long term vacant and derelict land, stimulate economic growth and job creation, develop a diverse sustainable environment and support communities to flourish and tackle inequalities. To be eligible for funding sites must have been on the Vacant and Derelict Land Register for more than 15 years. They are looking for a brief project outline, i.e. the site location; proposed works; estimated cost; indicative funding request by Monday 1st March 2021. for more info please contact Michael.Gray@glasgow.gov.uk or Cheryl.McNellis@glasgow.gov.uk