Climate Fringe Festival Grants

Applications now closed!

We want to make sure the Climate Fringe Festival is accessible to the whole spectrum of the Scottish Climate Movement and that lack of funding isn’t a barrier.

Other funding opportunities

World Humanist Day small grants scheme

Humanist Society Scotland is offering small grants of up to £250 for groups organising events between the 15th and 26th of June to celebrate World Humanist Day. Applications are open to anyone who shares the vision and values of Humanist Society Scotland, for events and activities in Scotland – including events around community building and climate. Some examples of past funded events include talks, socials, arts and crafts, film screenings and more.

You can apply here. Deadline for applications is 10th May. If you have any questions, get in touch with [email protected].

Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund

Aviva, in partnership with WWF and the RSPB, is giving £1 million to support community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area. From creating community gardens, to protecting local wildlife and promoting nature connection.

CEMVO is offering support to make your application a success. You can find more information on the fund here or get in touch with  [email protected].

Action Funder

ActionFunder is a funding platform for non-profits in the UK looking for grants from businesses and foundations. It is a UK-wide platform where charities, community groups and CICs can seek funding, and where people from across the country can support their projects.

You can find more information here.

Who can apply?

Climate Fringe Festival Grants are open to all groups in Scotland, formal and informal – as long as you are not-for-profit. We welcome applications from across the spectrum of the Climate Movement and strongly encourage grassroots and under-represented groups to apply.

If you are not sure whether you can apply, feel free to reach out at [email protected] – we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Funding Priorities

What can we fund?

We offer grants of up to £500.

We ask that you only apply for as much as you need to make your event a reality, so that we can support as many groups as possible.

Grants can be used to fully or partially cover the event or activity costs.
This could include:

How to apply?

Step 1: Submit your application

Fill in our application form.

You don’t need to have your event completely planned at this stage. Just some details of the proposed event, a provisional date between 10th and 18th of June, and a breakdown of how much you need and how you would use the funds.

Applications will be open from Tuesday 14th March until Sunday 9th April.

If you need any help filling in the form or have any other questions about the application process, please get in touch through [email protected].

Step 2: Shortlisting

Applications will be evaluated against our funding priorities.

We will be in touch within one week of the application deadline of Sunday 9th of April to let you know if you have been shortlisted.

We will be monitoring submissions to ensure diversity of events, organisers and locations.

Step 3: Successeful Applications

If you’ve been successful in your application, you will be asked to sign a basic agreement. This will state the terms under which the funds will be used and that the event must meet our moderation policy, including accessibility, health and safety, and safeguarding requirements.

We will find a time to chat about the event and see if there is any other support you might want.

Step 4: Add your event to the Climate Fringe Calendar

Organise and promote your event!

This includes adding your event on the Climate Fringe Platform, using the logo in your promotion materials, and #climatefringefestival on your social media posts.

More information on this, as well as Resources and Toolkits will be coming soon to help you organise and promote your event!

Step 5: Getting your funding

You will need to send us an invoice to receive your funds. We aim to transfer the funds within 2 weeks of getting the invoice.

If you need the money in advance get in touch through [email protected]


What kind of groups can apply for this grant?

Any not-for-profit groups or organisations in Scotland that want to organise an event around the Climate Fringe Festival can apply for this grant. We particularly encourage applications from groups that meet our funding priorities, but applications are open to anyone that needs funding to help them organise an event.

This includes:

  • Voluntary and community groups
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Community Benefit Societies
  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Schools and religious groups (as long as your project involves the wider community and meets our event criteria)
Does my group need to be officially constituted to apply?

No – this is aimed especially at groups who may find it hard to get funding from official sources and you do not need to be constituted, you just need a plan of what you want to spend it on and a budget.

Who isn’t this grant for?

This fund is not aimed at:

  • Individuals
  • Companies that pay profits to shareholders, directors or members
  • Large organisations with the funds and resources to organise their own events
  • Organisations or events based outside of Scotland

Please check Great Big Green Week if you are organising elsewhere in the UK.

What can't this grant be used for?

We cannot fund:

  • Alcohol
  • Contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest 
  • Profit-making or fundraising activities 
  • VAT you can reclaim
  • Statutory activities
  • Events that take place outside of Scotland
  • Staff expenses (except if necessary for the running of the event itself)
What if we need a larger grant?

Unfortunately, at the moment we are only able to consider grants of up to £500

Do we need a bank account to get our funding?

No – as this grant is meant to pay for agreed expenses you don’t need a bank account to receive the money.


For example, if we have agreed to pay for the use of a community hall, or rental of some equipment, we will pay that invoice directly.

What if we need the money in advance?

If you need the money in advance, please let us know and we will discuss this with you.

  • Bruno Santos

    Bruno coordinates the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working closely with event organisers to support and promote their work. Previously, he worked with the COP26 Coalition, collaborating with SCCS to develop a joint volunteering programme. He has been active within the Food Justice and Migrant Justice movements, co-founded the food collective Nourishing Change and coordinated food access operations for refugees and displaced people in Calais, France.