Micro-grants – small amounts of money awarded to support small scale activities in a community - are one method of distributing community benefit funding. Micro-grants are usually run by community councils or other local representative bodies under arrangements with the fund donor or fund administrator.
This case study defines micro-grants and their intended purpose. It outlines some of the administrative and governance arrangements commonly used to operate a micro-grant scheme and looks at some the benefits of such schemes. It also looks at lessons learned through Foundation Scotland, an experienced and independent body that specialises in administrating, supporting and enabling community benefit funds.