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Voluntary Organisations

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. A new funding bulletin is imminent.

Information Sources

The Council can also refer individual residents of West Lothian to appropriate sources of information regarding voluntary projects that are not for personal benefit.  

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.

Organisations may receive up to 75% of the cost of adaptations, to a maximum of £1,000 inclusive of VAT.

Contact details

West Lothian Access Committee
Disability West Lothian
The Ability Centre
Carmondean Centre Road
Livingston
EH54 8PT
Tel. 01506 774030
email: enquiries@dwl.demon.co.uk

Community Arts Grants

Individuals, community groups and organisations involved in developing or promoting the arts in West Lothian can apply directly to West Lothian Council Community Arts for an arts grant.

Individuals can apply for a grant to develop their skills, e.g. by attending an arts based course or workshop.  The grant can be used to meet up to 50% of the course/workshop fee (max £1,000).

Organisations can apply for grants to help with a range of activities from: Starting Up (max £500), through Buying of Equipment (up to 75% of costs, max £1,500), Professional Fees (up to 75% , max £1,000) or Projects (up to 75%, max £3,000).

Applications can be submitted at any time in the year and Arts Officers are available for advice on areas such as eligibility and to help with filling in the form.

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 arts@westlothian.gov.uk

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 pdf icon Information and Application Form [506kb].