FiSCAF – Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund works with local faith groups, building hope by providing grants and support in the struggle against poverty in Scotland’s most fragile urban and rural communities.

Faith and people matter and we want our support to make the following differences:

  • Faith groups are more effective in supporting people to make transitions in their lives
  • Faith groups are more effective in helping to reduce isolation and loneliness
  • Faith groups are more effective in supporting local people to become more resilient
  • There is greater understanding and respect between and within faith communities
  • Local people have increased self-esteem, confidence and skills, equipping them to improve community life


1. Who can apply?

Locally based faith groups in Scotland wishing to undertake practical action in response to community need, particularly in the economically poorest urban and rural communities.

2. How much is available?

FiSCAF awards two types of grant:

Main Grants We will consider applications of up to £15,000. This may be spread over a maximum of three years, with no more than £7,500 being awarded in the first year. FiSCAF will give priority to startup projects.
Small Grants We will consider applications for £500 to £2,000 to be used in one year.

N.B. Please note the February 2017 deadline will offer single year funding only

3. The Closing Dates for applications are:

Both Small and Main Grants are accepted 3 times per year.

  • 10th February 2017 (decisions by start of April)
  • 7th April 2017 (decisions by start of June)
  • 29th September 2017 (decisions by start of December)

Check out the map below to find out more about the sorts of organisations and activities we fund