Every year we release funding opportunities that help to support academics, practitioners and community organisations to build Scotland’s resilience to natural hazards. 

These calls are designed to offer financial support to groups working on projects that enhance our ability to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the effects of natural hazards across Scotland’s communities. 

Our Knowledge Mobilisation Fund is tailored to help UK academics engage with Scottish communities, transform scientific data into practical solutions, and provide customised tools to empower communities in building resilience.

The Community Council Fund offers financial support to help Community Councils develop and execute their local resilience plans.

And, the Third Sector, Community, and Practice Project Fund extends financial support to community groups, practitioners, and the third sector for collaborative projects promoting the use of local community-based approaches to enhance resilience. 

Building resilience needs collective action, and as we move into our 9th year, we remain dedicated to translating research into practical solutions. Our ongoing commitment to promoting collaboration, evidence-based research, and community empowerment is at the heart of our mission. 

Together, we can create a safer and more prepared future for Scotland.

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Third sector & Community and Practice Fund
Knowledge Mobilisation Fund
COmmunity COuncil Fund Image shoes heavy snow fall in the main street of a small Scottish Village

The Third Sector, Community and Practice Fund is a new fund for the financial year 24/25. This grant seeks to support 12-month projects that prioritize the adoption and implementation of local community and place-based approaches to build resilience to natural hazards.

Open to: Community Groups, Practitioners & Third Sector organisations from across Scotland

Grant Amount: Up to £15,000

Application Deadline: 31st January 2024

The Knowledge Mobilisation Fund is a new Grant Call for the financial year 24/25. Designed to support collaborative projects between UK academics and local communities that deliver practical insights and scalable solutions for building resilience to natural hazards in Scotland. 

Open to: UK academics affiliated with academic institutions that have a focus on Scotland or the capacity to tailor their work to address Scotland’s specific needs are eligible to apply for this grant. Collaborative projects involving active engagement with local communities are strongly encouraged.

Grant Amount: Up to £20,000

Application Deadline: 31st January 2024

The Community Council Fund is a new for Grant Call for the financial year 24/25. Grants are available for Scottish community councils to develop local resilience plans that address potential natural hazards such as heavy snow, landslides, high winds, and other disruptive events and subsequently, enhance their local community preparedness and response to natural hazards.

Open to: Scottish Community Councils

Grant Amount: £500

Application Deadline: 31st January 2024

Frequently asked Questions

Can I get support with my application?

Yes. If you have any questions or need any help completing the application form you can get support from the National Centre for Resilience. Please get in touch via email: or phone: 01387 702007

What if I miss the submission deadline?

Applications received after the application deadline date will not be considered.

Can I submit more than one application?

An organisation can submit multiple applications at the same time for different projects to the Knowledge Mobilisation Fund and the Third Sector, Community and Practice Project Fund. Each will be assessed individually. If you have submitted an application to any of our Funds before, regardless of the outcome of that application, you may apply again either for the same project or a different one.

Community Councils can make one application per year to the Community Council Fund. Each Community Council is allowed one successful application.

If an application to the Community Council Fund is unsuccessful, you may apply again in the next grant call.

When will I receive my funding?

If your application is successful, you will receive a contract and terms and conditions that you must sign to say you agree to. Funding will be given when the project is complete, provided it is within the agreed timescales, and following submission of a final report and grant claim form.

What’s the deadline for submitting the final report and grant claim form?

The final report and claim form must be submitted at the same time, and no later than the first week of March to allow us to process payment of the grant to you before the end of the financial year.

Do you fund projects outside Scotland?

Our aim is to fund work that will strengthen Scotland’s resilience to natural hazards. The applying organisation does not have to be Scottish to apply so long as you project outputs can be tailored to identified needs that directly relate to Scotland.

What costs are eligible for the grant?

The NCR will only fund operational costs for a project. We cannot fund capital costs, such as the purchase of equipment.

What date should my project finish?

Your project must be finished with enough time to allow you to submit the final report and claim form no later than the first week of March.

How will my grant be paid if my application is successful?

Successful applicants will be asked to submit grant payment details as part of the grant acceptance. Provided that the project and necessary reports are completed within the agreed timescales, the grant will be paid to you via bank transfer.

How soon can I reapply after receiving funding?

There is currently no minimum time between funding applications, so you may apply again for the next round of funding.

How will my application be assessed?

An expert review committee comprising individuals with expertise in resilience, community engagement, and disaster management will assess the proposals..

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following areas:

Alignment with the grant objectives

Alignment with the NCR’s strategic objectives

Potential for community impact

Can I receive feedback on my application after it has been assessed?

Yes. You will be sent feedback on your application when you are notified whether or not it has been successful.

What is Knowledge Mobilisation?

Knowledge mobilisation is a clear and robust strategy for knowledge sharing, ensuring that project findings can be effectively communicated and implemented in practice and policy. Learn more here. 

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