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SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund

SafeDeposits Scotland, the leading scheme for tenancy deposit protection in Scotland, has replenished its Community Fund for 2024-25 and will once again provide small grants to projects enhancing communities across the country.

Community Fund - SafeDeposits Scotland

This year the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund will award grants up to a maximum value of £5,000 to organisations who commit to deliver a project that meets at least one of five criteria, namely:

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Employability and career skills
  • Social inclusion
  • Technology and digital inclusion
  • Improving the local community

The aim of the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund is to contribute to initiatives that will benefit people across Scotland, including our landlord, letting agent an tenant customers and their wider communities.

Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis, with up to three grants available in each quarterly funding round. Interested parties are invited to submit an application by one of the following dates, to be considered for the subsequent funding round:

  • Friday 31st May 2024
  • Friday 30th August 2024
  • Friday 29th November 2024
  • Friday 28th February 2025

The SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund’s rules and guidance outline in more detail what can and cannot be funded, and the requirements of any organisation applying for funding. A set of FAQs has also been prepared for members of the general public who require further information on the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund.

Community Fund - SafeDeposits Scotland

The SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund is a completely separate initiative to the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, which continues with its specific aims of awarding grants to projects that promote education, training and best practice in Scotland’s private rented sector.

Read about projects supported by the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund below...

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Aberdeen Science Centre

Tree-Mendous Workshop

Aberdeen Science Centre has issued the following press release, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its March 2024 funding round: Aberdeen Science Centre will be encouraging its visitors to discover more about the secret life of Aberdeen's animals and plants as part of its latest theme. The Neighbourhood Nature theme, which began on Saturday 1st June, will introduce a variety of fun and family friendly activities, workshops and events that are focused on bees, trees, urban animals and marine life.

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Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust

Creating Happiness

Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust has issued the following press release, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its March 2024 funding round: Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust are delighted to receive funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund, for their 'Creating Happiness' programme. These funds will provide a great opportunity for them to offer residents in Cambuslang and Rutherglen regular creative, physical and social activities, such as: art, photography and a range of exercise classes; book club and film screenings; and a weekly social coffee afternoon, where people can drop in and chat over tea/coffee and biscuits.

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Sustaining Dunbar

Pledgehog Project

Sustaining Dunbar has issued the following press release, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its December 2023 funding round: An East Lothian project that aims to help the hedgehog population in Dunbar has been awarded new funding of around £4,000 to continue throughout 2024. Sustaining Dunbar's 'Pledgehog Project' will now be supported by local waste recycling company Viridor and tenancy deposit protection scheme SafeDeposits Scotland.

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Edinburgh Tool Library

Edinburgh Cosy Homes

Edinburgh Tool Library has said the following, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its December 2023 funding round: Communities across Scotland are currently facing urgent, intersecting climate and cost-of-living crises. Right now, 30% of UK energy use is within our homes and we know there's significant wastage of energy through heating - at a time when staggering energy bills are becoming unaffordable for a growing number of residents.

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Autism Initiatives (UK)

Highland Employability Project

Autism Initiatives has said the following, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund in its September 2023 funding round: Autism Initiative's Highland One Stop Shop is looking forward to delivering a pilot employability project for autistic adults thanks to funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund.

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Bridgend Farmhouse

The Salvage Club: Bike Refurbishment Skills for Young People

Bridgend Farmhouse community hub in South East Edinburgh is delighted to be able to offer new skills development opportunities as a result of funding received from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund. This is part of a wider Active Travel Strategy which Bridgend Farmhouse hopes will encourage more people in South East Edinburgh to choose cycling as a way of making short journeys.

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Cerebral Palsy Scotland

New technology to support communication

Cerebral Palsy Scotland has said the following, after receiving a grant from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund: Cerebral Palsy Scotland are delighted to announce that we are one of the first six recipients of a SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund small grant, which will support people with cerebral palsy to communicate and play through technology.

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Abbeyhill Colony of Artists

The Abbeyhill Colony of Artists announce their 18th Annual Exhibition

The Abbeyhill Colony of Artists have announced details of their 18th Annual Exhibition taking place on 16th and 17th September. Funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund has helped to support their work in 2023. This group of artists and creatives are centred around the Abbeyhill Colonies in Edinburgh. 

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Lintel Soup

Full steam ahead for community projects awarded funding

The STEAM Club, based at Netherholm Community Hall in Castlemilk, has received a funding boost of £2,500 at a recent event in Glasgow. Lintel Soup was organised by SafeDeposits Scotland in partnership with Lintel Trust, with three Glasgow projects invited to showcase their important community work to members of the public.