How To Apply


We welcome pre-application queries.  If you need advice or information on applying to Carrick Futures or to discuss your project informally, please contact the Foundation Scotland team on 01557 814927 or email


What will Carrick Futures support?

Carrick Futures will fund charitable activities that support the rural regeneration and sustainability of Ballantrae, Colmonell & Lendalfoot, Barr, Barrhill, Pinmore & Pinwherry and Girvan & District. .

Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

For full details of all the fund criteria please read the Fund Factsheet.


Who can apply for an award?

Applicants must normally fulfil the following conditions to apply to the fund:

  • The proposal is for projects or activities consistent with the overall purpose of Carrick Futures;
  • Applicants have a constitution (governing document or set of rules) and are set up on a not-for-private-profit basis. However applicants do not need to be registered charities to apply. 
  • Applicants must provide their latest set of accounts signed by an independent third party, or if the group has been operating for less than one year, they should provide a cash-flow projection.


What are the deadlines and timescales?

The fund operates up to four funding rounds per year.   


Deadlines and decisions 2018/19      

Application Deadline

Directors Meeting



6th May 2019

17th July 2019

12th August 2019

9th October 2019

4th November 2019

22nd January 2020

What other criteria apply to the fund?

As well as demonstrating a fit with the requirements outlined above, priority for awards can be given to projects that address the following additional criteria.

  • Making a difference: That consideration is given to how the project may address either or both themes of building/supporting community leadership and enabling communities to take ownership of and/or develop assets.
  • Match funding: That other possible funding sources for the project have been explored. This might include applicants raising some funds through their own fundraising efforts. The fund should not displace funding that could be obtained from other sources, but should help lever-in additional funds if possible. Additionally it should not reduce community-based groups’ commitment to organising local activities that contribute to a vibrant community calendar and promote community spirit. Ideally, applicants can demonstrate that a percentage of the total project cost will be sourced from other funding sources, including the applicant organisation itself, which might be in a position to contribute to the project cost. In exceptional circumstances 100% funding may be considered.
  • Local procurement: That local suppliers will be used for the provision of goods and services, where appropriate (e.g. in terms of quality of products / services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). (‘Local’ will vary depending on the nature and availability of the item/service in question. In some cases it could be taken to mean within Carrick and the surrounding area, but in others South Ayrshire or indeed the South of Scotland might be most appropriate).
  • Care for our environment: That consideration has been given to minimising the environmental impact of projects and reducing the applicant organisation’s ‘carbon footprint’.
  • Local consultation: That the organisation has consulted an appropriate number of the intended beneficiaries of the project and can demonstrate local support for the proposal.
  • Partnership working: That the organisation has considered whether delivering their project in partnership with other organisations / groups will add value (financial, capability, or other). This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national level.


What cannot be supported?

Awards cannot support the following types of activity:

  • The advancement of religion or party politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups)
  • Activities understood to be the primary responsibility of statutory authorities.  This includes classroom equipment.
  • Projects benefiting primarily residents outwith the Area of Benefit (determined by the Community Council boundaries)
  • Activities contrary to the interests of the six main communities or any of the companies or donors contributing to the fund
  • Activities likely to bring Carrick Futures, Foundation Scotland, the six main communities or any companies or donors contributing to the fund into disrepute 
  • Anti-renewable energy or anti-windfarm activities 
  • Retrospective funding (i.e. paying for costs incurred before a decision on an application to the fund for support can be made)
  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.


What sizes of awards are available?

Two levels of awards are available for activities that benefit the local community. The amount and type of information required from applicants differs depending on the size of application being made.

Awards can be multi-year in nature, normally up to a maximum of 3 years. If the total amount requested exceeds £10,000 the two stage large grant application process should be followed.


Standard Grants Programme (£500 - £10,000)

Please download and read the Fund Factsheet before submitting an application. 

You can apply online to the Carrick Futures Standard Grants Programme for awards of £500 - £10,000 or download a copy of the application form and return to the address below.


Large Grants Programme (over £10,000)

There is a two-stage application process for large grants, with an initial outline proposal required using a Large Grant Enquiry Form. The Board will review the proposal at its next meeting and then agree whether or not to invite a full application. Please be aware large applications will usually take longer to process, as they will be considered across two Board meetings. Please note that applications in excess of £35,000 are unlikely to be supported, except in exceptional circumstances. 


All completed and signed applications should be submitted to Carrick Futures at Foundation Scotland, The Kiosk, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 2HP.


Small Grants Scheme (up to £500)

A small grant scheme for awards up to £500 is also available and administered directly by each of the six main Community Councils. Applications are by a simple application form and decisions are made on a rolling monthly basis. 

Please read the small grants guidance before submitting an application.

Download a Small Grant Application Form and return to the small grants contact for your Community Council.