Forth Road Bridge, Scotland

Working with Scotland's Universities, Researchers, Policy Makers, Emergency Responders, Volunteers & Communities to build Scotland's resilience to natural disasters.

How to apply

Download a copy of the NCR funding application form and return it to us by email.

Application form for applied/practical projects: Funding application template 2020-21.

Application form for research projects: Research Grant application form.


Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed by a panel made up of members of our steering group and related experts.

Each funding application is assessed on the following criteria:

  • context and description
  • meets at least one of our strategic objectives
  • has national relevance
  • has a clear outline of funding and resources required and what the money will be used for
  • meets a need or demand within the resilience community (evidenced by letters of support, or other documents)
  • has defined outcomes
  • has a realistic timeline for the project
  • has measurable outputs
  • has a plan for evaluation and an outline plan for action on findings of the evaluation
  • includes an assessment of risks and sensitivies relating to the project
  • ensures the project has a lasting impact
  • contains supporting documentation and evidence

Our assessment panel meets quarterly.


Frequently asked questions

Can I get support with my application?
Yes. If you have any questions or need any help completing the application form you can get support from the National Centre for Resilience. Here's how to contact us.

What if I miss the submission deadline?
Applications received after the application deadline date will not be considered. If you wish for it to be considered in a subsequent funding round, the application must be formally resubmitted.

Can I submit more than one application?
Yes. An organisation can submit multiple applications at the same time for different projects, and each will be assessed individually. If you have submitted an application to us before, regardless of the outcome of that application, you may apply again either for the same project or a different one.

When will I receive my funding?
If your application is successful, you will receive a contract and terms and conditions that you must sign to say you agree to. Funding will be given when the project is complete, provided it is within the agreed timescales, and following submission of a final report and grant claim form.

What’s the deadline for submitting the final report and grant claim form?
The final report and claim form must be submitted at the same time, and no later than the first week of March to allow us to process payment of the grant to you before the end of the financial year.

What does 'national scale' for projects mean?
As a national body, the NCR will only fund projects which will impact the whole of Scotland. If the project is not already designed to be national, then it must have the potential to be rolled out across Scotland if successful and this must be clearly demostrated within the application.


Do you fund projects outside Scotland?
Our aim is to fund work that will strengthen Scotland’s resilience to natural hazards. The applying organisation does not have to be Scottish to apply so long as their project fits our criteria.

What costs are eligible for the grant?
The NCR will only fund operational costs for a project. We cannot fund capital costs, such as the purchase of equipment.

What date should my project finish?
Your project must be finished with enough time to allow you to submit the final report and claim form no later than the first week of March.

How will my grant be paid if my application is successful?
Successful applicants will be asked to submit grant payment details as part of the grant acceptance. Provided that the project and necessary reports are completed within the agreed timescales, the grant will be paid to you via bank transfer.

How soon can I reapply after receiving funding?
There is currently no minimum time between funding applications, so you may apply again for the next round of funding.

How will my application be assessed?
Your application will be assessed by our assessment panel. The panel will firstly confirm that the project meets at least one of our strategic objectives. If it does, they will then score the rest of the application, producing an overall, average score. Provided that this score is above the minimum threshold for funding, the panel will then make a recommendation of whether to fund or not. A score above the minimum average does not guarantee funding, but an application that scores below will not be funded. The assessment panel’s recommendation will then go to our steering group who will approve or decline the recommendation at their next scheduled meeting. It is after this point that you will be informed whether or not your application has been successful.

Can I receive feedback on my application after it has been assessed?
Yes. You will be sent feedback on your application when you are notified whether or not it has been successful.