Funding & Grants

Haddington and District Community Council and other organisation have a number of ways for the community to access funding and help.

Haddington & District Community Council Grants and Funding

Haddington & District Community Council has funds to assign to Local Groups, Individuals, or Activities that can show it will benefit the community.

Haddington Community Council has a limited budget which is allocated throughout the year to fund our varied activities. Since our budget is finite, some or all our funding requests will not be successful. This policy gives us a set of criteria to be used when determining which ones are to be successful.

If successful, we then need guidelines on the amount we can offer. A simply fixed amount limit is not appropriate as it’s too simplistic when applying this to the varied sizes and needs of the groups who make requests i.e. a club needing to buy books for £50 can’t be compared against a club who perhaps need £1,500 to fix a club roof.

To this end, we will offer 2-tiered funding options –

  • A 100% funding option if the value is up to £250 – assuming all other criterion has been met. This payment can be made immediately.
  • If over £250 we apply a “50%” matched funding rules up to a maximum payment value of £1,500 – assuming we have this money available, and all other criterion checks have been met.

There will be no phasing-in of the fixed £250 limit. If a request is for £260 or £1,500, they will have to match fund 50% i.e. £130 or £750 for the examples given. This will hopefully encourage genuine request amounts being sought.

Owing to the matched funding condition, payment of any monies will be made when the fund matching has been proven. Details of this method are detailed later in the form below

To access the Local Funding request form please click HDCC Funding Application Form

Food & Clothing Grants

Haddington & District Community Council has been successful in securing funding to support local families who are experiencing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have set up the HCC Food Voucher and Clothing Grant scheme for local Families.
Referrals to these grants should be made by either a professional or agency working with an individual or family who are experiencing financial difficulties and need a helping hand to purchase food shopping and or clothing.
The person making the referral should specify how much they think the individual/family needs to assist them at this time.

The cash grant cannot be used to purchase alcohol or tobacco, all receipts must be returned to the person who has made the referral.

The H&DCC will then review the application, decide how much is to be awarded as a grant, and arrange for the person making the referral to be given the cash grant.  These grants are open to everyone in the Haddington and Lammermuir ward and will be awarded as long as we have the funds.  If anyone requires any further information please contact us

Referral Form can be downloaded from  HERE

Lammermuir Larder

The Lammermuir Larder, based in Haddington is a new food initiative run by volunteer members of the community, for people who find themselves in need of emergency food and support.

This service operates by a referral process, either from a professional who is familiar with the individual or family, or from the individual/ family themselves.  At all times referrals are kept strictly confidential.  Once the referral has been received, a “larder list” will be sent out detailing products that are available.  Once the completed list has been returned, the larder box or bags will be delivered to the person in needs door.  Referral forms can be obtained online below, by private messaging us on face book or by emailing  Further information can also be obtained by ringing 07483 911391.


Local Authority Funding

East Lothian Council provide many different types of funding for various groups and activities within the county.  Pease visit their website to find out more.

Funding for community organisations

National Funding

Funding Scotland – Funding Scotland is a service provided by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to provide access to up to date, high-quality information on funding opportunities that is vital to third sector organisations in Scotland.

Big Lottery Fund – Grants from £300 to £500,000 for projects in a variety of areas are available from the Big Lottery Fund.

BBC Children in Need – BBC Children in Need award grants for projects working with disadvantaged children and young people, aged 18 and under

Alec Dickson Trust – The Alec Dickson Trust have awards of up to £500 for people under 30 towards local community projects.

Comic Relief – Comic Relief provide grants for UK or international projects.

Commercial Grants and Funding

Various companies and organisations have their own funds to help the community,  below is a list of companies within our area that have funds groups can apply to.

Tesco Bags of Help  – Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.

Greggs Foundation – Greggs Foundation is a grant-making charity which aims to build stronger, healthier communities in the areas where Greggs’ operates.

The Co-operative Community groups and co-operatives can apply for support from The Co-operative.