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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Foundation Scotland - Baillie Gifford Grants Programme


This fund welcomes applications which: •    Help people to access nutritious food, especially for those on a limited budget, and projects which help people to learn about low-cost meal solutions, to limit food waste and shop smartly.   •    Provide services and activities which reduce social isolation, including encouraging re-engagement with community activity following the pandemic. •    Preventative projects which address the root causes of food insecurity and social isolation are of particular interest.  For example, projects which address the underlying issues causing people to face these difficulties such as advocacy or advice services, counselling or mentoring support, or support accessing work and volunteering opportunities.

Please note this fund will prioritise multi-year activities and projects which are sustainable and can demonstrate long-term thinking and a solutions-based approach rather than short-term fixes which will be further reliant on grants to continue.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply. Annual income in the most recent financial year must be less than £250,000.

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When to apply

Future deadlines are to be confirmed. Check the Foundation Scotland website for the mot up to date details.

How to apply

Online application form via Foundation Scotland website.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Befriending & mentoring Education & training Environment Financial advice & support General charitable activities Health care & wellbeing Health education & promotion Sport & physical activity Respite & holidays Social care & welfare Justice, equality & law

Beneficiaries funded: People affected by drugs and alcohol Children Economically/socially disadvantaged Families Homeless or badly housed Care experienced people Socially isolated people People in poverty Older people Ill-health Disabilities Physical disabilities Victims of crime & abuse Women & girls Young people Veterans & armed forces personnel

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