Community Investment

Our Grand Ideas Fund offers up to £1,000 for projects which aim to make a difference to the lives of our residents and their communities. The fund is open to charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations.

We consult with residents to ensure the projects we support make a difference in our communities.

Projects must match at least one of the five priorities in our Community Investment Strategy (PDF 905KB) and these are also outlined below:

  1. Employment, Education, Skills and Training

    We aim to support residents in developing skills and accessing training opportunities in order to enter into, and sustain, employment.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to increase employability, gain qualifications and help people progress into work.

  2. Health and Wellbeing

    We aim to support residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, with access to the care and support services they need.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to reduce isolation, build connections and friendships.
    Local school children showcasing their artwork outside The Victoria development in Glasgow

  3. Community safety and infrastructure

    We aim to ensure that our communities are equipped with the infrastructure they need to be safe to live in as well as shape their aims and aspirations.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to make our communities feel safer and increase a sense of belonging and pride in a neighbourhood.

  4. Environment

    We aim to assist our residents in living more sustainable lifestyles and aim to make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live.  We are particularly interested in projects which actively engage people in improving spaces or places as well as projects which support greener lifestyle choices.
    An architecture student with her winning design for a local community garden in Craiginches.

  5. Financial inclusion

    We aim to ensure that everyone is able to access the basic financial services products that are needed to participate in a modern society.  We are particularly interested in projects which increase the confidence of people to manage their money.

Your project should also demonstrate that it will measure one of the impacts contained in our impact framework document (PDF 248KB).

Helping St Maurice's High pupils experience nature

Cumbernauld Living Landscape is using grants from Sanctuary Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund to get S4 pupils from the town’s St Maurice’s High School outdoors.

The Natural Connections project enables hard-to-reach teenagers to experience something other than academia. Workshops include woodcarving and cooking outdoors.

This short film shows the positive impact of the sessions on those who attend.

Helping Aberdeen’s sheltered housing tenants get active

On Tuesday 7 March 2017 Sanctuary Scotland teamed up with two charities – Sport Aberdeen and Castlehill Housing Association – to run free taster sessions for sheltered housing tenants in Aberdeen.

Twenty-eight Sanctuary and Castlehill residents took part in activities including Chi Gung and Boccia at Westburn Outdoor Centre.

The event enabled sheltered tenants to socialise with other sheltered tenants who they otherwise would not meet. Tenants discussed the activities over lunch and received CFINE fruit bags to take home.

This short film shows the positive impact of the sessions on those who attended.

Working with two charities to start an after-school club in Glasgow

In January 2017, Sanctuary Scotland, teamed up with two charities – Inspiring Scotland and the Glasgow-based Jeely Piece Club – to provide an after-school club in Priesthill and Househillwood.

The grant awards received from Sanctuary Scotland and Inspiring Scotland will fund the club until April 2017. Local volunteers, including Sanctuary Scotland tenant, Irene McKean, are being trained so that the club can continue after the initial funding runs out.

This video shows the impact the club has made in a very short time. Both Irene and Grace Lamont, the Jeely Piece Club’s head of play, describe the positive outcomes for local children and families in the Pollok area of Glasgow.

How to apply

You will hear whether you have been successful within two weeks of your application. If successful, you will be given a named contact in our Community Investment team for guidance and advice.

If your proposal is not successful, we will let you know by email.

Find out more

If you want to talk your idea through with someone, or ask a question about the Grand Ideas Fund, please call us on 01905 335 411 or email