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 2021/22 will be on supporting initiatives and activities which will help to mitigate the adverse impacts of COVID19.

Our overarching aim, as set out in the 2017-22 Council Plan, is to tackle inequalities. Due to the impact of COVID, applicants seeking grant funding for 2021-22 will be required to prioritise at least one of the following themes:

  • digital inclusion
  • addressing domestic abuse
  • vulnerable children and young people
  • reducing poverty - including food initiatives
  • mental health and well-being, including social isolation
  • supporting volunteering

Applications for funding in 2021/22 are invited from 30 October 2020 with a closing date of 30 November 2020. The application form will be available to download, on this webpage, from 30 October 2020.

Applicants must demonstrate how projects 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.

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 homepage. 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).