Scottish Power fund

 Project grants of between £35,000 and £150,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects in the areas of the arts, citizenship and community development, culture, disability relief, education, environment, heritage, science, social welfare and the relief of poverty.

Application deadlineApplications for the 2025 round of funding will open on Monday 1st July 2024and close on FRIDAY 19th JULY 2024.
FunderThe Scottish Power Foundation (founded 2013. Scottish Charity Regulator charity number SC043862. Total charitable expenditure during the year ended 31 December 2023: £1,480,976 (2022: £1,186,704; 2021: £1,624,256)).
Who can applyUK registered charities, voluntary groups, Community Interest Companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, schools, other forms of not-for-profit organisation. Applicants must have an annual income of between £75,000 and £10 million.
Key words
Art, Culture, Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Education, Training, Research, Social welfare, Minoritized Groups, United Kingdom.

The Scottish Power Foundation provides general grants for project funding (but not running costs) of between £35,000 and £150,000 to UK registered charities providing projects in the following fields:

o The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture and/or science.
o The advancement of citizenship or community development.
o The advancement of education.
o The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
o The prevention or relief of poverty, 
o The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

The Foundation is particularly interested in receiving applications from UK charities that are supporting people who are most marginalised and disadvantaged in the United Kingdom.

Projects should address one or more of the following:

1. Art and Culture:
o Restoration, development and conservation: protecting and safeguarding artistic and cultural heritage.
o Cultural initiatives: celebrating diversity and cultural identity through the arts.

2. Biodiversity and Climate Change:
o Environmental protection or improvement: protecting and enhancing the environment.
o Habitat conservation: contributing to the protection and conservation of habitats and enhancing biodiversity.
o Knowledge and research: developing new solutions to the challenge of climate change.

3. Education, Training and Research:
o STEM: inspiring young people to pursue qualifications and a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in order to contribute to energy sustainability.
o Raising aspirations: addressing society’s educational needs by inspiring and challenging the next generation through innovation.

4. Social initiatives:
o Economic security: alleviating poverty, including in-work poverty, caused by the cost-of-living crisis.
o Economic opportunity: supporting entrepreneurship and skills development for the most vulnerable groups.

Ideally, projects should also demonstrate how they address one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

While grants of between £35,000 and £150,000 (previously up to £200,000) are available, the average award tends to be around £50,000. Grants are awarded for a 12-month period. Projects, which should start between Monday 31st March 2025 and Wednesday 31st December 2025, must be completed within 12 months.

Funding is not available for:

o Medical care or medical research.
o Passing on to individuals or other organisations.
o Projects that take place outside the United Kingdom.
o Projects which are mainly based around animals, unless the main purpose of the project is aligned to one of the foundation’s strategic aims.
o Projects which are mainly based around sports activities, unless the main purpose of the project is aligned to one of the foundation’s strategic aims.
o Retrospective funding.
o Short-term interventions including conferences, galas, holidays and expeditions.
o Sponsorship or funding towards an appeal.
o Supporting the same project for more than three consecutive years.
o The promotion of religious or political beliefs, 
o Unrestricted costs (costs which can be used for anything without prior consent/agreement from the Foundation).

Applications for the 2025 round of funding open on Monday 1st July 2024 with a deadline of Friday 19th July 2024.

To apply, organisations should initially complete the online eligibility form on the Foundation’s website, following which, if eligible, which they will be provided with a link to the application form.

Further information and guidance is available on the Foundation’s website.