For many years East Lothian Council partnership grant funding has supported community organisations in their work to help make East Lothian a better place to live.

As we continue to respond to the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the funding awards for 2022/23 will be on supporting initiatives and activities which will help to mitigate the adverse impacts of COVID19.  Due to ongoing concerns about the climate emergency, applications are also invited which will address this issue while also contributing to reducing inequalities.

Our overarching aim, as set out in the 2017-22 Council Plan, is to tackle inequalities. Due to the impact of COVID, and concerns about the climate emergency, applicants seeking grant funding for 2022/23 will be required to address at least one of the following themes:

  • young people/youth work
  • social isolation/befriending 
  • supporting volunteering 
  • tackling climate change

Applications for funding in 2022/23 are invited from 1 November 2021 with a closing date of 30 November 2021. The application form will be available to download, on this webpage, from 1 November 2021.

Applicants must demonstrate how projects seeking funding will support East Lothian Council’s overarching aim of ‘reducing inequalities within and across our communities’, as set out in our Council Plan. Applicants should also refer to the East Lothian Plan 2017-27 and must clearly demonstrate how they will evidence the difference the funding will make.  

Download an application form

Further information

If you have any further questions please email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Information about other funding sources for community organisations is available on our funding webpage. To get receive updates about funding streams available to community groups register for the regular funding bulletins produced by the Volunteer Centre East Lothian (VCEL).