Grants for communities 2023/34

East Lothian Council’s partnership grant funding supports community organisations in their work to help make East Lothian a better place to live.

The new Council Plan 2022-27 states:

"We are living through unprecedented challenging times – the COVID-19 pandemic has had long term impacts on our economy, society, the health and wellbeing of people, contributing to increasing poverty and inequality; rising inflation and the cost of living crisis which is driving more and more people into food and fuel poverty; and the Climate Emergency, requiring systemic changes in how we all live our lives and run services in order to substantially reduce carbon emissions."

The focus of the funding awards for 2023/24 will be to support initiatives and activities which assist community-based organisations to:

  • address inequalities and the impact of the cost of living crisis
  • promote wellbeing and reduce social isolation
  • provide more youth work opportunities for our children and young people   
  • respond to the climate emergency
  • promote volunteering


Applications for funding in 2023/24 are invited from Friday 4 November 2022 with a closing date of Friday 2 December 2022

Download the application form

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.  

Applicants should refer to the guidance notes which set out the eligibility criteria, what can be funded and conditions of grant funding. Any enquiries can be directed to