June 28, 2017 at 1:30pm - 4:30pm

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60 (inc VAT), and can be purchased here.

Identifying and accessing funding is a key challenge for organisations and groups working to improve towns and communities. To help you out, Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and providers for an afternoon of practical advice, learning and sharing. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of Scotland's major funders!

These partners are ambassadors for the regeneration of our places and want to support you in achieving your goals and projects. STP’s resident funding expert will also provide you with top tips for approaching and completing the applications which can sometimes be a daunting task.

The first part of the session will share expert advice from Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Funding Scotland and the Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group on identifying, applying for and obtaining the right funds to support your activities or project.

The second part of the workshop is a unique Funding Surgery. You will be divided into small groups, and representatives of major funders will sit at each table for 15 minutes to discuss directly about how they might be able to help you. The funding experts will then rotate, giving you a chance to speak to each funding provider present.

See below for the invited organisations and agenda for the session.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the August 2016 Funding Workshop report.

This event is free for STP Members, who can RSVP below.

Tickets for non-members are £60 (inc VAT), and can be purchased here.


Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery. This totals over £650 million each year.

Funding Scotland

Funding Scotland is a free online funding search engine launched by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations in 2014. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, it can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your work. Funding Scotland provides information on over 1200 funds which support Scottish projects.

Heritage Lottery Fund

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… HLF use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

Scotland’s Towns Partnership

STP is the go-to body for Scotland’s towns; a hub for promoting all things towns, and a hive of activity to help you learn, connect, find practical support and advice, and share good practice and knowledge. It is a repository for a wealth of intelligence around the Town Centre Action Plan and other policy conversations.

Sustrans Scotland

Sustrans Scotland works closely with communities, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes, making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination.


SLOG is a professional network of local authority officers in Scotland exchanging and sharing information and experience on funding sources such as Lottery, EU funding, Trust and Foundations. SLOG acts also as an interface with funders to promote local authorities and communities they represent. 

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland provides support to SME’s, which can include supporting businesses to access funding that will allow them to make changes and savings in their operations. ZWS supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s Europe 2020 growth strategy. Its goal is to help Scotland reap the environmental, economic and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.


Agenda - Funding: Where’s the Money?

28th June 2017, ADS Edinburgh

13:30 Coffee and Networking

13.45 Scotland’s Towns Partnership – Helping you to Help your Town

Find out how Scotland’s Towns Partnership can help you understand your town; share tools to shape its direction; and signpost you to funding to make it a reality.

Phil Prentice, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

14.00  Funding Scotland - Scotland’s free online search engine.

From small grants to funding for big capital projects, find out how to track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

Rhonda McLean, Funding Officer, Funding Scotland

14:15 Funding Success!  

Advice on finding and securing the right funds for your project.

Ellen Archibald, Chair, Scottish Local Authority External Funding Officers Group and Development Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

14:45  Questions

*Top up with Coffee and Biscuits*

Funding Surgery Sessions

15:00 Quick pitch from all funders at the start of the session.  (2 mins each)

15:15 Surgery sessions

There is a funder at each table. Find out how they might help you. Funders move round each table every 15 minutes.

  • Heritage Lottery Fund        
  • Sustrans Scotland  
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Zero Waste Scotland

16:30 Close 

June 28, 2017 at 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Architecture & Design Scotland, Edinburgh
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