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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.


The organisation's objectives are:

  • the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, including (but not restricted to) promoting, developing and ensuring the practice and enjoyment of the arts, including music, the visual arts, theatre and literature as the directors in their absolute and uncontrolled discretion think fit;
  • without prejudice to the forgoing generality, the charity will have a particular focus on Scottish organisations and individuals resident in Scotland.

Applications can be submitted for support for core costs and arts-related projects.

Previous categories of awards have included; Music, Combined Arts, Drama & Theatre, Arts, Film, Dance, Literature and Sculpture.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Revenue, Core costs

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Who can apply

Applications are accepted from constituted not-for-profit organisations. You must be registered in Scotland or your beneficiaries must be located in Scotland. Full details are on the Foundation's website.

When to apply

Upcoming opening dates are:

  • 17 - 28 April 2023
  • 4 - 15 September 2023.

Next deadline: 28 Apr 2023

How to apply

Application forms are available via the Foundation's website. The guidance includes information on what supporting documentation to submit with your application.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture

Beneficiaries funded: General public

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