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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.


Bank of Scotland Foundation Invest programme is suitable for charities that can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion. This will ensure funding reaches the most vulnerable people across Scotland and provides them with opportunity and equality.

The Foundation recognises the significant impact that the current cost of living crisis is having on people across Scotland. To ensure funding can support charities through this crisis and reach those in real need, the 2023 Invest Grants Programme will provide funding for up to five years for charities.

Charities can apply for whatever is their greatest priority and area of need. For example:

  • Project work e.g., a programme of work which is limited in scope and seeks to achieve particular outcomes including funding for project costs, staff costs, materials
  • Core costs e.g., salary costs, utilities, and rent
  • Capital costs e.g., a building project, repairs, equipment etc.

Examples of projects that can be supported include:

  • Disadvantage: charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues.
  • Social Exclusion: charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, care leavers, the elderly or the young.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding:
Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue, Core costs

Fund award sizes

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Who can apply

Charities must have an annual income of between £50,000 and £1 million, have at least 3 years of Annual Returns lodged and checked by OSCR, and be either a financial vulnerability charity or one that has projects addressing financial vulnerability.

Minimum annual income:
Maximum annual income:

When to apply

Last open from 27 February - 6 March 2023.

How to apply

Apply online via the Foundation website. Please ensure you attach all of the requested documents, a list of these can also be found on the website.

Contact information

Activites funded: Housing & shelter Advice & information Employability services Financial advice & support Health care & wellbeing Health education & promotion Mental health care Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: People affected by drugs and alcohol Black & Ethnic Minorities Economically/socially disadvantaged Homeless or badly housed Care experienced people LGBTQI people People in poverty Mental health conditions Older people Disabilities Unemployed Young people

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