About the Fund

The Small Grants Fund provides grants of up to £1,000 for short-term project funding of between 3 and 12 months.


Plans that were put into place for a large-scale grant fund by General Assembly 2019 as part of the Radical Action Plan had to be shelved because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we begin to emerge from pandemic restrictions, the energies and focus of congregations and presbyteries is primarily on day-to-day activities rather than seeking larger strategic projects to adopt.

Often a small amount of money at the right time can make a huge difference. For this reason, the 2021 Small Grants Fund is focused on short-term (less than 12 month) projects rather than those which are larger and of longer scale. The Fund has been approved by the Assembly Trustees to contribute to early-stage work as well as to be a response to the more immediate needs seen at this time.

Eligibility criteria

Individual Church of Scotland churches and presbyteries and groups of churches or presbyteries can apply.

Criteria for funded projects

Projects will bring about change in at least one of the following areas:

  • Developing mission through new worshipping communities (including online worship)
  • Engaging and attracting those aged 40 and under including children, young people and families
  • Addressing pressing issues in the church that have been brought about by the pandemic.

What can and cannot be funded?

  • Awards are to be used with a revenue project focus
  • Awards cannot be used for:
    • Contribution to capital building costs
    • Covering retrospective costs
    • Making up shortfall in income.

Size of Grants

Grants will be up to £1,000 (max), allowing 100 or more congregations and presbyteries to benefit from the fund (total grant budget: £100,000).

When can I apply?

The Fund is now open to applications after a successful trial with Priority Areas parishes.

Mutual Support

The Fund will also provide weekly online "drop-in" calls to bring successful applicants together to share in their experiences as we navigate the journey of being church and further adjust to and come out of the pandemic.

For further details on making an application please go to the How to Apply page.

If your question is not answered in the guidance below, please contact the 2021 Small Grants Fund on email 2021SGF@churchofscotland.org.uk