Social Cohesion Programme

This is a new funding programme, which has been established to provide support to local communities. 


It will focus on funding projects that aim to proactively break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and build a more cohesive and inclusive community for all.

The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently.

The Social Cohesion programme will look to support grassroots organisations at a very local level where there are issues which identify marginalised groups of people (especially those from within the Foundation’s priorities, but not exclusively) who are excluded.

Project applications should seek to propose ways to make communities more inclusive for the betterment of all.

The aim of the new programme is:

* To proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area

* To proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community

* To fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.

The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community.

Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively.  The Foundation is keen to support communities come up with their own solutions to local issues of division.

We are open to supporting actions which are new or may have been tried before or are on-going, however, the work must have lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.

Please contact Tim Cutts – – for any queries about this new Programme, or for further clarification.

See below for some cases studies of a selection of the more recent grants we have made.

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