Some Neighbourhood Watch groups exist without spending any money. Others ask each of the members for a contribution towards initial start-up costs like signs or stickers. Other groups want to carry out projects aimed at improving the safety and security of their community, and occasionally they need funding for such projects.
Applying for funding is a skill in itself. One of the first places you should try is your Local Authority. Local Authorities in Scotland all have funding officers who will be able to give you advice on funds that may be available locally. You can find your own local contact here: Scottish Local Authority Funding Officers Group Contacts
At our AGM in 2013, Alison Smith, who was then chair of the above group, gave a presentation which provided hints and tips for applying for funding. You can view this presentation here: Presentation.
Some key points when applying for funding
Make sure your group or committee are all in agreement about applying for funding
Make sure you have the correct form and that you know when the deadline is for applications
Only apply for funds that you are eligible for, and that your project meets the criteria for
Make sure you explain clearly and concisely what you will be doing, and what DIFFERENCE it will make to your community