Soirbheas grants

The Soirbheas Community Grant programmes include Tier 1 (up to £1000 p.a), Tier 2 (£501 – £10,000) & Tier 3 (£10,001 – £30,000) grants. For an overview of the grants please see the summary below or download the Grant Leaflet

For details of Grant Deadlines 2020  for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Apprenticeship Grants.

Find out more about the Apprentice Grant Scheme which is to support businesses in the employment of a modern apprentice.

Grant Programmes


Community Support Fund 
– we have allocated funds to address urgent community needs that have arisen as a direct result of Covid-19.  Funding of up to £1,000 per application/group is available.  You may be eligible for this fund if your group or organisation has started to provide activities or services to support the community through the coming months or has an idea but is unable to source funding or support for example:

  • Care packages for those in isolation
  • Transport costs for those delivering essentials to people self-isolating in remote locations.
  • Technology or communications to keep people connected.
  • Increased demand on services or changes to how your group would normally work which has resulted in increased costs.

Or lost income or will struggle to cover unavoidable running costs over the coming months, which are directly due to the current circumstances for example:

  • Utilities or insurance costs
  • Loss of income from postponed or cancelled activities

See the guidance document here  and contact us to tell us what you need or what you wish to do by calling 0751 445 2783 or by emailing: carolmasheter@soirbheas.org

Tier 1 (Express) Grants – up to a maximum of £1,000 p.a  

  • Groups can submit more than one application per year (Max £1,000 per group per year).
  • Rolling application process, decisions within 4 weeks.
  • Funds released on approval.
  • You can request up to 100% for grants up to £500 but we do look for an element of match funding for grant requests over £500.
  • An element of match funding should be included in single applications over £500.
  • Activity/project must be completed within 1 year.
  • Open to organisations with an income of £10,000 or less.

Tier 1 Grant Guidelines 20-21
Tier 1 Grant Application 20-21 (Download a Word Document)
Tier 1 Grant Application 20-21 (open to print a PDF)

Tier 2 Grants – £501 to £10,000
Projects must contribute to one or more of Soirbheas’ commitments.

  • *Only one application per year unless groups can clearly demonstrate the capacity to deliver more than one project per year.
  • Grant open for applications quarterly.
  • Groups can request up to 90% of total projects costs.
  • Project to be completed within 2 years.

Please note –  If you wish to make an application or want to discuss a project please get in touch with carolmasheter@soirbheas.org or call 0751 445 2783

Tier 2 Grant Guidelines 20-21
Tier 2 Grant Application 20-21 (Download a Word Document)
Tier 2 Grant Application 20-21 (open to print a PDF)
Tier 2 Budget 20/21 (Download a Word Document)
Tier 2 Budget (open to print a PDF)

Tier 3 Grants – Capital projects over £10,001 to £30,000
A two-stage process:
Stage 1 – Expression of Interest
Stage 2 – Full Application

  • Capital programme.
  • Projects must address two or more of Soirbheas’ objectives.
  • Open for applications once per year.
  • Groups can request up to 60% of total project costs.

It’s essential that you get in touch to discuss your project prior to submitting an Expression of Interest form.

Tier 3 Grant Guidance
Tier 3 Expression of interest 20-21 (Down load a Word Document)
Tier 3 Expression of interest 20-21 (open to print a PDF)

All guidance and forms are regularly updated, please ensure you are use the current versions.  If you have any problem accessing information or require a different format then please let us know info@soirbheas.org