Rapid Action Fund

The Lord Provosts Rapid Action Fund


On 4 June 2013, the Board of OneCity Limited agreed to allocate funds to enable the Lord Provost to meet social exclusion needs identified to him in his capacity as the city’s civic head. This fund, which will provide resources for rapid action on locally identified needs, will show the Trust’s values in action, in addition to raising the profile of the Trust and stimulating donations from the Edinburgh community.


The purpose of the Lord Provost’s Rapid Action Fund is to provide small grants to charities or constituted groups within the City of Edinburgh identified by the Lord Provost as having social inclusion needs which could be met by a small grant. Grants must be used for projects which fit entirely within the Trust’s purpose of “advancing, facilitating and promoting the education, social welfare, human rights and the tackling of extreme inequalities in income and the alleviation of poverty among persons within the city of Edinburgh”.

Criteria for allocation of grants

  • Grants should be allocated across the city, and should not be concentrated in one geographical area
  • Grants should be made on a variety of themes, rather than concentrated on one topic
  • Grants will only be made to a charity or constituted group with a bank account in their name
  • Grants will normally be in the region of £1,000 to £2,000. The total fund available over the year is £10,000

Safeguarding Trust funds

The Board will receive regular updates outlining each grant awarded, and may seek clarification from the Lord Provost if any are felt to be outside the scope of the Trust.

Provision for donations to the Rapid Action Fund

Businesses or individuals are welcome to contribute directly to the Rapid Action Fund, as a restricted donation to the OneCity Trust.  


  1. Please complete and return the application form to lord.provost@edinburgh.gov.uk or elaine@onecity.org.uk