Main Grant Funding 2019



Applications open Friday 8 March 2019
Applications deadline Friday 19 April 2019
Clarifications and assessments Friday 24 May 2019
Board meeting to agree allocations Wednesday 5 June 2019 
Payment made by cheque  Friday 21 June 2019  

Who can apply?

Scottish Charities or constituted community groups which are based in Edinburgh and focus their activities in the city.

They should have an overall income of no more than £500,000 per year but other organisations with an income exceeding this amount may be considered.

Timescale of projects

The OneCity Trust generally awards funding for projects lasting one year but will consider funding ‘one off’ projects.

Legacy Fund from Travis Perkins Managed Services / City of Edinburgh Council 

The OneCity Trust is delighted to be able to offer applicants the opportunity to have their grant application considered by Travis Perkins Managed Services (TPMS). TPMS were awarded a contract with the City of Edinburgh Council in 2016 and the two organisations are working in conjunction with the OneCity Trust to allocate a Community Benefit fund to projects in the city.

Travis Perkins is interested in funding projects which directly benefit City of Edinburgh Council tenants, but will consider projects serving geographical areas with a high proportion of Council homes.


  • your organisation involves City of Edinburgh tenants, or
  • your project will serve geographical areas with a high proportion of Council homes,

please tick the box to allow Travis Perkins to consider your grant application in addition to it being considered by the Trust.

Legacy fund from Engie Regeneration Ltd / City of Edinburgh Council

 From 2019, the OneCity Trust is delighted to be able to offer applicants the opportunity to have their grant application considered from the £50,000 Engie Community Investment Fund/Public Realm Art Fund.  Engie was awarded a contract with the City of Edinburgh Council to develop the North Sighthill site in Edinburgh by constructing 184 homes for social housing/mid-market rent, and 132 homes for sale.  

This Community investment fund is available for funding projects which directly benefit City of Edinburgh Council tenants, particularly in the south west locality area of the city.


  • your organisation involves City of Edinburgh tenants, or   
  • your project will serve the City of Edinburgh, in particular the south west locality, preferably in the wards and localities of Broomhouse, Wester Hailes and Parkhead (and in particular the EH11 postcode).   

Please tick the box on your application form if you would like your grant application to be considered through this Community Investment Fund, in addition to being considered by the OneCTrust and Travis Perkins Managed Services (where applicable).

How much is available?

The OneCity Trust anticipates it will fund up to fifteen grants of between £5,000 and £10,000, with a proportion of these funded with the Travis Perkins Managed Services and Engie Regeneration Ltd monies.

What size of grant can be applied for?

For these grants, the amount requested should be between £5,000 to £10,000.

If you have a project idea which requires a smaller amount of funding, you may be able to apply via the OneCity Trust’s Lord Provosts Rapid Action Fund.

Funding Priorities

The OneCity Trust’s focus is on innovative projects and initiatives that effectively address social exclusion through partnership working. Wherever possible, OneCity Trust seeks to encourage the active involvement of people in sectors of society that do not normally work together.

The Trust considers the following three priorities to be of primary importance, and any application should describe work on at least one of the themes:

Community Connectedness

The Trust will look for evidence that the projects and initiatives it funds will:

  • develop relationships across group boundaries
  • extend the bonds between people within and beyond their families and normal friendship groups
  • improve links between people at different levels and in different sectors of society

This is about actively working to create bridges between people and organisations which are usually separated by a ‘cultural’ divide.  The Trust views the word culture in its widest sense – sometime described simply as a shared awareness of ‘the way we do things round here’ – and does not restrict it to issues of national, ethnic, or socio-economic culture etc.

Cultural Bridging

Cultural bridging can occur where projects and organisations:

  • provide support to all people from a wide range of different communities (e.g. minority ethnic people, older people, deaf people, businesses).
  • actively encourage use of their services by all individuals and their families, improving access to those services and at the same time building the skills and awareness of staff.
  • make it possible to bring together people from across real or imagined ‘divides’ to access services or carry out activities together for their own and their mutual benefit or enjoyment.

Civic Inclusion

Civic inclusion means engaging with and further developing civic society and citizenship in Edinburgh. This work must reflect the growing cultural diversity of the city, celebrating both our differences and our commonality, leading to a genuine desire in every citizen to engage in tackling the inequalities which hamper its social and economic potential, to create a more socially just city.

Civic inclusion could be an outcome of projects and initiatives which:

  • use the characteristic uniqueness of Edinburgh to bring people together from across the city
  • seek to build a sense of identity and to articulate the specific ways in which the citizens connect to Edinburgh
  • encourage the sharing of different viewpoints within the diverse but connected community of the city (young, old, students, visitors, city-centre, city-outskirts, etc.)

Further Considerations

In addition, the Trust will take into consideration:

  • The level of need of the people to be served
  • The potential impact of the program
  • Whether the project duplicates existing services
  • whether the project represents a collaborative effort by different resources or segments of society
  • The involvement of the private sector
  • Whether the project addresses a critical unmet need
  • Whether the project is well-conceived, clearly described and feasible
  • Whether the applicant organisation has the capacity to successfully complete the project.
  • Applications from all areas across the city, not just those identified as particularly disadvantaged

The Trust does not fund:

  • Projects or initiatives by individuals
  • Projects or initiatives being undertaken exclusively by bodies constituted as statutory or other public sector organisations
  • Projects or initiatives whose predominant benefits are the marketing of corporate or for-profit brands


Your organisation is responsible for all insurances and liabilities to third parties that may be incurred in the course of the funded project.

Monitoring of Grants

Your organisation will:

  • Maintain financial records in relation to work planned and undertaken and allow the inspection of your books by the Trustees if asked.
  • 3 months after receipt of the funding an informal update and where possible also provide photographic evidence of the progress which has been made.
  • Provide us with six-monthly progress report and where possible also provide photographic evidence of the progress which has been made, along with income and expenditure statements, showing the source and application of its funds and details of service outputs
  • Provide us with details of key milestone phases of the project (with photographs)
  • At least one meeting per year will be held between the One City Trust and the funded organisation to review the monitoring returns. The Trustees reserve the right to review the performance at more regular intervals.
  • You will agree to complete and submit to the OneCity Trust a final written report with photographic evidence of the project within 3 months from the conclusion of the project.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted on the Trust’s own Application Form, which you can request by emailing or phone Elaine on (0131) 469 3856.   Alternatively, please download OCT19 Application Form and OCT19 Briefing Note

Help with completing the form

If you have any queries about the form, please e-mail

If you’d prefer to speak to someone, please telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856. The Trust is staffed by in-kind support on a part time basis, so please allow sufficient time for your question to be answered.


The information you provide will be held by the City of Edinburgh Council, which offers in-kind grant management support to the Trust. The information will be shared with OneCity Trust Board members to enable decisions to be made about whether a grant may be approved to your organisation, and will be shared with no other party.

The information will only be shared with Travis Perkins Managed Services if you have ticked the appropriate box on the form.  Information relating to projects funded by Engie Regeneration Ltd will be only shared information, after the grant has been awarded.