Guidance notes

1. Your project must protect, enhance or raise appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage.

The focus will be on community projects that involve local heritage. This can be in the widest sense, from tangible assets such as historic buildings and wildlife habitats to more intangible areas such as education and training. It should be noted that applications that might be in conflict with the business interests of the two main funders may not receive support. Please also note that works to village halls are not eligible unless they can demonstrate heritage merit (e.g., listed status).

2. Your project must be within the Scottish Borders local authority area or the parish of Gifford (included due to its proximity to Fallago Windfarm).

The project must take place within the local authority area of the Scottish Borders or the parish of Gifford. It can be site specific or it can be spread across the whole region. Scottish Borders Council have an excellent online map which clearly shows the local authority boundary or you can access a PDF map here. A map of the parish of Gifford can be downloaded here.

3. Applications will normally only be accepted from community, voluntary, charitable groups or other relevant organisations.

The focus will be on supporting appropriately constituted community and voluntary groups. However, there may be cases where the heritage asset and associated public benefits are sufficiently high to allow an individual to apply. This will of course be subject to appropriate contractual conditions that ensure such an investment is maintained even if ownership changes.

4. Revenue (core) or capital costs may be sought.

Whilst there is an emphasis on capital projects that result in a long-term legacy, revenue (core) projects that can be directly linked to communities and heritage will be considered – see note 5 below for more detail. It should be noted that land purchases are not generally eligible items.

5. Core funding may be sought in exceptional circumstances, however your organisation must demonstrate that its work is highly complementary to the Aim of the Fund.

The Fund managers recognise that the work of many organisations is highly relevant to the aims of the Fund. It is also recognised that the lack of core funding can impair the productivity of such organisations. For this reason, the Fund will consider funding core costs but only when these can clearly be linked to deliverables that are complementary to the aims of the Fund.

6. Feasibility or scoping studies may be eligible if you can demonstrate that this is vital to the success of a larger project.

The Fund managers recognise that some projects require development in order to reach a state whereby they can apply for funding. This might include historic structures which need an architect/engineer’s report in order to refine both the specification and likely budget.

7. Thresholds. Up to 50% of the total project costs may be sought. Our maximum grant is £50k per annum per project and a minimum project size is £1000. We may increase these thresholds under exceptional circumstances – please contact Tweed Forum to discuss.

– Generally, the Fund will support up to 50% of total project costs.
– It cannot fund a project that is already started.
– It can fund a project up to a maximum of £50k per annum for a maximum of 3 years. Thus, one project could potentially be awarded £150k over a 3 year period.
– The minimum project size is £1000.
– If an application is received from a project that the Fund Management Group feel is particularly important and is struggling to secure the required match funding, then they have the right to increase these thresholds.

NB It should be noted that if your project is approved, the percentage grant rate, and the maximum grant allocated, will be fixed according to the budget submitted. Should the ‘total project cost’ decrease at any time following project approval, then the grant will reduce in line with the percentage rate. If ‘total project cost’ increases, then the grant cannot exceed the amount awarded at the time of application.

8. Match funding.

50% of funding for a project must come from other sources. In-kind contributions are accepted. This includes labour or materials given for free that can be costed up at commercial rates. Match funding does not need to be in place at the time of application although evidence of likely sources is required. However, no approved project can start without confirmation, in writing, that all match funding has been secured.


Fallago Environment Fund runs two grant programmes, our Main Grants Programme and our Core Funding Programme. The majority of the Fund’s resources will be directed towards the Main Grants Programme. Details of how to apply to our Core Funding Programme are available here.