Main Grant Funding 2020/21

Coronavirus – COVID-19 The One City Trust (OCT) – Main Grant Funding Programme 2020

• Staff are working remotely and are unable to access any paper applications submitted at this time. Please email any queries, questions or applications to:  A response to your email will be issued as soon as possible.

• Applications are very welcome and still being accepted for the Main Grant Programme Fund and will close on Friday 8 May 2020. Please indicate on your application if you can start your project amid the COVID19 pandemic, or advise if the project is ready to progress once the current restrictions are lifted?



Applications open Monday 9 March 2020
Applications deadline Friday 8 May 2020 @ 5pm
Clarifications and assessments Friday 22 May 2020
Board meeting to agree allocations Friday 5 June 2020 
Issue Award Letters / cheques  Friday 3 July 2020  

Who can apply?

Any registered Scottish Charity or constituted community groups can apply for funding provided they are based in Edinburgh and focus their activities in the city.

The OneCity Trust is keen to support small and medium sized organisations.  Therefore, preference will be given to organisations with an overall income of less than £500,000 per year, however organisations with an annual income of more than £500,000 are not excluded from applying and their applications will be considered.  

Applications from partnerships or consortiums are welcomed, however one of the partners must apply as the lead organisation who will be accountable for the grant.

Organisations previously in receipt of OneCity Trust Main Grant funding can apply again provided their application is for a completely different proposal than that which was previously funded.  OneCity Trust is unable to provide repeat funding. 

Timescale of projects

The OneCity Trust generally awards funding for projects lasting up to one year. Projects which use their award to deliver a project over a longer time period will be considered.  OneCity Trust is not able to provide repeat or multi-year funding.

Specific Community Benefit Legacy funding 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 was awarded a contract with the City of Edinburgh Council in 2016, and as part of their community benefit commitment they are working with the OneCity Trust to provide additional funding to projects in the city.

TPMS 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.


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

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

What size of grant can be applied for?

Amounts 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, which can be downloaded here:

Lord Provost’s Rapid Action Fund Application Form 2019

How much is available?

In 2020-2021 the OneCity Trust anticipates it will distribute up to fifteen grants of between £5,000 and £10,000, with a proportion of these funded with the Travis Perkins Managed Services.

Funding Priorities

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

The OneCity Trust has identified three themes as its priorities and any application should describe work relating to at least one of the themes:

1. Community Connectedness

The OneCity Trust believes that individuals benefit from strong, positive relationships and networks in their personal and work lives, and wider involvement in their communities. When communities are more connected it improves resilience, social cohesion, encourages mutual support and can reduce inequalities. Applicants should evidence that the projects and initiatives will:

  • Help people develop diverse relationships and break down barriers within communities
  • Encourage people to participate in their community and create bonds beyond their families and normal friendship groups
  • improve links between people from differing backgrounds, cultures and with different lived experience. 

2. Cultural Bridging

The OneCity Trust wants to create bridges between people, communities 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 can occur where projects and organisations:

  • Encourage people from a wide range of different communities and backgrounds (e.g. different ethnicities, generations, socio-economic background and abilities to come together and create greater understanding and mutual connections.).
  • Ensure their activities are inclusive and open to all improving access to those services and proactively ensuring their staff have the skills to be inclusive and welcoming.
  • make it possible for people to come together from across real or imagined ‘divides’ to access services or carry out activities together for their own and their mutual benefit or enjoyment.

3. Civic Inclusion

The OneCity Trust want to promote active citizenship and further developing civic society, promoting work which reflects the growing cultural diversity of the city, celebrates our differences and our commonality, leading to a genuine desire in every citizen to engage in tackling the inequalities which hamper our collective social and economic potential.  We want to create a more socially just city.

Civic inclusion can be promoted when projects and initiatives:

  • 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

To maximise their chances of success applicants should clearly:

  • Identify the nature and level of need being addressed. Articulate what will happen (the outputs)
  • Demonstrate clearly the impact that will be achieved (the outcomes)
  • Identify the numbers of beneficiaries
  • Demonstrate that the proposal does not duplicate existing services
  • Highlight how the proposal encourages collaboration, participation or brings different people and communities together.  The OneCity Trust will consider applications from all areas of the city, not just those identified as disadvantaged.

The Trust does not fund:

  • Requests from individuals or non-constituted groups
  • 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
  • Projects or initiatives supporting the promotion of faith groups, religious or political beliefs
  • Projects or initiatives seeking repeat or multi-year funding


Successful applicants are responsible for all insurances and liabilities to third parties that may be incurred during the course of the funded project.

How to apply?

All applications must be submitted on the Trust’s own application form, which you can request by emailing or download below:

OCT2021 Briefing Sheet

OCT2021 Application form

Help with completing the form If you have any queries about the form, please e-mail or 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(s) to be answered.

 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.


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 (if funding is applicable).