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Voluntary Organisations

West Lothian Council commissions a wide range of voluntary organisations to provide specific social and community-based services that support individuals and communities most in need.

These services are mainly delivered throughout West Lothian in partnership with voluntary organisations and have a clear focus on the achievement of positive outcomes for service users.

The Council also sources and manages a variety of external funding, advice and guidance.

West Lothian Council Funding Bulletin brings together all the latest news and information about funding sources, and lists grants available to West Lothian Groups. 

Information Sources

The Council can also refer individual residents of West Lothian to appropriate sources of information regarding voluntary projects that are not for personal benefit.  


The following grant schemes are listed below:

Fund NameClosing Date
BLES (Training) Charitable Fund Application17th October 2018
Community Arts Grants1 April & 1 October each year
Livingston Youth Trustapplications considered: January, March, June and September in each year
West Lothian Access FundOpen all year


BLES (Training) Charitable Fund Application

BLES Training supported young people in West Lothian from 1984 to 2017. As a charity, we delivered dedicated training programmes for 33 years targeting the skills development of 16 to 24 year olds within West Lothian. Beneficiaries of training programmes came from areas that were classed as multiple areas of deprivation, where historically 2nd and 3rd generation family members struggled with unemployment, poverty, debt, substance/alcohol misuse. 

BLES Training closed in 2017 and as a result of selling the assets the charity owned is now in the position to disburse funds in keeping with its constitution. As such we will run a single application process to apply for these funds in 2018.

Charities within West Lothian with one or more of the following objectives can apply: 

to advance education and training

  • to improve literacy/numeracy
  • to promote equality and diversity
  • to promote independent living
  • to relieve poverty
  • to reduce re-offending 


Grants will be made to local charities with a constitution and whose aims and objectives are in line with those of BLES Training. This will need to be clearly articulated in the application.

Grants are available from £500 to £30,000, although we expect the majority of grants to be awarded between £500 and £10,000. Please email  to request the application questionnaire.  A copy of the application can be found . Completed applications will need to be submitted by 17 October 2018.

West Lothian Access Fund

The West Lothian Access Fund is administered by West Lothian Council and supported by Disability West Lothian. The fund is available to charitable and voluntary organisations who wish to improve access to and use of facilities for disabled people at premises in public use. It is not available to private individuals or to commercial businesses.

Premises providing charitable and voluntary services to the public within West Lothian are eligible,except those owned and maintained by West Lothian Council. Premises used for business purposes are not eligible.

Level of Grant

Organisations may receive up to 100% of the cost, to a maximum of £1,500 inclusive of V.A.T.

We consider one application per organisation once per year.

Applying Forms

You can ask for an application form to be sent to you by post or email.

Contact details

West Lothian Access Committee
Disability West Lothian
James Young House
Drumshoreland Road
EH54 8PT

Tel. 01506 774030