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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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The Allen Lane Foundation - Social Cohesion Programme


The Social Cohesion programme supports grassroots organisations at a very local level (housing estate or distinct community) where there are issues which identify marginalised groups of people who are excluded.

The aim of the new programme is:

  • To proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area
  • To proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community
  • To fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.

They can support actions which are new or may have been tried before or are on-going, however, the work must have lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.

Geographical areas funded: UK

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Who can apply

They fund registered charities and organisations which are not charities but which seek funding for a charitable project such as constituted voluntary groups or Community Interest Companies.

Your income must be under £100,000 if your work relates to a relatively local area such as a town, village or small community.

Your income must be less the £250,000 of your work covers a wider area such as a county, regions or country-wide.

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When to apply

You can apply anytime – they process applications all through the year, and will come back to you within a couple of weeks with their initial thoughts.

Applications received before the early part of August will be considered in the round leading up to the October meeting. Please apply as soon as you are ready.

How to apply

Take the online eligibility quiz and make an online application via the funder website.

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Activites funded: Advice & information Advocacy Befriending & mentoring General charitable activities Mental health care Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Economically/socially disadvantaged LGBTQI people Mental health conditions Offenders & ex-offenders Older people Refugees & asylum seekers Local communities Victims of crime & abuse

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