The government’s Omicron business support fund will help cultural organisations, events, museums and freelancers recover from the economic impact of coronavirus restrictions.

£16 million funding for this financial year is being allocated as follows:

The Investing in Communities Fund (ICF) is a streamlined communities fund that is delivered as part of the Empowering Communities Programme. Expected to reopen in April 2022, applicants should start preparing now.

Scottish Rural Network is providing funds to support the Scottish Community Pubs Partnership led by the Plunkett Foundation, which will allow more pubs to become community-owned in 2022. 

Health Lottery Scotland’s Active Communities is a funding programme for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people.

It is currently open for applications from community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Fife, North Lanarkshire, Shetland.

Scottish agricultural charity, RSABI, is reminding people worried about increasing energy bills that they may be eligible for “Help for Heating” grants. 

Following the announcement confirming an energy price cap increase from April, the Scottish farming charity is urging people concerned about rising energy costs to get in touch. 

Funding available for private sector and third sector centres to help with running costs and enable staff to deliver more outdoor learning for schools.

The funding brings the Scottish Government’s support for the sector during the pandemic to £4.5 million.

More elderly and disabled people will be helped to install fire alarms that save lives and meet new building standards rules thanks to an additional £500,000 in funding.

Pedal for Scotland events help make cycling accessible to more people across Scotland, with a particular focus on families and people new to cycling by providing a safe and fun environment.

Community organisations can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to organise beginner-friendly, local cycling events in 2022.

120 not-for-profit community groups are to benefit from £1.8 million funding to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and embrace local opportunities.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Gaelic Officers scheme is a new fund to support organisations to employ an officer to undertake Gaelic development work.

Applications are welcomed from third-sector organisations looking to create a new post, or to extend an existing Gaelic development post.