Frequently Asked Questions

These questions may help you if you're stuck or want help with using SRN Funding Search.

What is the SRN Funding Search?

SRN Funding Search is a collaboration between the Scottish Rural Network and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation's Funding Scotland to provide high quality funding information to third sector organisations in rural Scotland. We welcome feedback so please send any comments or ideas to fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk


Is the SRN Funding Search the right funding search for me?

SRN Funding Search lists local rural funds as well as Scottish, UK and overseas opportunities. It does not cover opportunities for project in the cities of Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow or Aberdeen. If your project or organisation is based in these cities then you'd be better to try the Funding Scotland search. For elsewhere in the UK try Funding Central for England, WCVA for Wales and GrantTracker for Northern Ireland.


How do I sign up to the SRN Funding Search bulletin and what will I get?

You can subscribe or unsubscribe in the My Account area of the User menu. If you subscribe we will email you regular funding updates and occasional invitations to help us with feedback about the service.


How often is the SRN Funding Search updated?

The SRN Funding Search uses the Funding Scotland database which is updated most weekdays to ensure that the information is as up to date as possible. You can view the most recently updated funds on the search page.


I’m having trouble accessing my account, what can I do?

Please contact us at fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk or on 0800 169 0022 and we’ll be happy to help.


My searches return a large number of funds, how can a make the search more relevant?

The key phrase search is very powerful and will return funds in order of relevance. However, sometimes you’ll need to use the advanced filters to refine your search.

  • Geography - with no filters selected the search will return funds that support work in Scotland, UK and Internationally (but not the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Dundee). The filters can help you select only local funds, eg. select Fife to view Fife specific funds.
  • Beneficiaries are the people or things that will benefit from the work you do. Choosing beneficiaries will refine your search further, for example people "living in rural areas".
  • Activities are the type of work you do, such as advocacy or health and social care. Choosing activities will refine your search further.
  • Use quotes around key phrases. For example, if searching for funds for a social enterprise typing "social enterprise" will give better results.

How do I apply for funds I’ve found on the SRN Funding Search?

You’ll need to check the applications details on the funder’s website or contact them for details.


Where can I get more help and support to make funding applications?

If you are thinking about applying for LEADER funding, your local LEADER team will be able to help. You can get contact details and information on all the LEADER Local Action Groups on the Scottish Rural Network website

SCVO's Step by Step Guide to making funding applications provides a good starting point. The SCVO Training Programme also has some great opportunities for building your funding skills.


How do I save searches?

Enter your search words or phrase and/or any filters you want to use. Then click on the save icon to the right of the search box. A pop up box will appear that allows you to name the search. To retrieve a search click on the "show saved search" icon.


How do I save funds to a list?

Carry out a funding search. Once you've got a list of funds you can click on the star next to a fund you're interested in and save to a new or existing category. To see and print your list click on "user" in the navigation bar and select saved funds. You'll then be able to choose and print your lists. The fund information in your list will be up to date at the time you create the pdf.


How to I get e-alerts?

Create a saved search. Click on the show saved search item to the right of the search button to see your list of saved searches. You can toggle the e-alerts on and off for each search. If it is on you’ll receive a weekly alert with changes to funds that match your search profile.


How can I add a funding opportunity to Funding Scotland?

We’d love to hear from you! Just contact us at fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk and we’ll get an entry arranged.


I’ve spotted a problem with a fund entry, how can I report it?

We try our best to provide accurate information but sometimes we miss things. With your help we can make the SRN Funding Search the best it can be. Contact us at fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk with the details and we’ll sort it out.