West Lothian Council commissions a wide range of voluntary organisations to provide specific social and community-based services that support individuals and communities most in need.
These services are mainly delivered throughout West Lothian in partnership with voluntary organisations and have a clear focus on the achievement of positive outcomes for service users.
The Council also sources and manages a variety of external funding, advice and guidance.
West Lothian Council Funding Bulletin brings together all the latest news and information about funding sources, and lists grants available to West Lothian Groups.
The Council can also refer individual residents of West Lothian to appropriate sources of information regarding voluntary projects that are not for personal benefit.
The following grant schemes are listed below:
|Fund Name||Closing Date|
|BLES (Training) Charitable Fund Application||17th October 2018|
|Community Arts Grants||1 April & 1 October each year|
|Livingston Youth Trust||applications considered: January, March, June and September in each year|
|West Lothian Access Fund||Open all year|
BLES (Training) Charitable Fund Application
BLES Training supported young people in West Lothian from 1984 to 2017. As a charity, we delivered dedicated training programmes for 33 years targeting the skills development of 16 to 24 year olds within West Lothian. Beneficiaries of training programmes came from areas that were classed as multiple areas of deprivation, where historically 2nd and 3rd generation family members struggled with unemployment, poverty, debt, substance/alcohol misuse.
BLES Training closed in 2017 and as a result of selling the assets the charity owned is now in the position to disburse funds in keeping with its constitution. As such we will run a single application process to apply for these funds in 2018.
Charities within West Lothian with one or more of the following objectives can apply:
to advance education and training
- to improve literacy/numeracy
- to promote equality and diversity
- to promote independent living
- to relieve poverty
- to reduce re-offending
Grants will be made to local charities with a constitution and whose aims and objectives are in line with those of BLES Training. This will need to be clearly articulated in the application.
Grants are available from £500 to £30,000, although we expect the majority of grants to be awarded between £500 and £10,000. Please email BLESTrustees@hotmail.com to request the application questionnaire. A copy of the application can be found . Completed applications will need to be submitted by 17 October 2018.
Community Arts Grants
Community Arts manages and administers West Lothian Council's Arts Grant Scheme. The grants scheme aims to support community groups and organisations to participate in, develop or promote the arts in West Lothian.
Organisations can apply for grants to help with a range of activities from: Starting Up (max £300), through Purchasing of Equipment (up to 75% of costs, max £1,000), Professional Fees (up to 75%, max £500) or Projects (up to 75%, max £2,000).
Applications can be submitted on 1 April and 1 October each year. A copy of the application form can be downloaded here [257kb].
Application forms and more information can be downloaded from Related Documents on this page. You can also telephone Community Arts on 01506 773858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Livingston Youth Trust
Livingston Youth Trust is a small trust that provides support for young Livingston residents with skills in the field of Sport, Music or the Arts. You can download the Information and Application Form [506kb].
West Lothian Access Fund
The West Lothian Access Fund is administered by West Lothian Council and supported by Disability West Lothian. The fund is available to charitable and voluntary organisations who wish to improve access to and use of facilities for disabled people at premises in public use. It is not available to private individuals or to commercial businesses.
Premises providing charitable and voluntary services to the public within West Lothian are eligible,except those owned and maintained by West Lothian Council. Premises used for business purposes are not eligible.
Level of Grant
Organisations may receive up to 100% of the cost, to a maximum of £1,500 inclusive of V.A.T.
We consider one application per organisation once per year.
You can ask for an application form to be sent to you by post or email.
West Lothian Access Committee
Disability West Lothian
James Young House
Tel. 01506 774030