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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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British Science Association - The Ideas Fund


The Ideas Fund is a grants programme run by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome, which enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing. It offers early stage grants and larger grants for established projects in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

They want to promote diversity and inclusion by supporting great, innovative ideas that focus on improving mental wellbeing - particularly in rural or minority ethnic communities or amongst young, marginalised or socioeconomically disadvantaged people who have been overlooked in the past.

They will help communities tackle the problems that matter to them by connecting them with research professionals so they can work together to bring their ideas to life and both build new skills and relationships.

The Development Coordinator for the Highlands and Islands is Lewis Hou,

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Geographical areas funded: Argyll & Bute Highland Moray Na h-Eileanan Siar Orkney Shetland

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Who can apply

Community groups and researchers who are interested in the process of working in partnership and developing a project together. This includes, individuals, informal groups, constituted groups, charities, CICs and social enterprises.

When to apply

Currently closed.

How to apply

Submit an Expression of Interest via the Ideas Fund website. For this round, they want to know about your early ideas, how interested you are in working in partnership and what you would hope to get out of being matched and funded through The Ideas Fund.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Befriending & mentoring Health care & wellbeing Mental health care Sport & physical activity Recreation & social activities

Beneficiaries funded: Rural communities Mental health conditions Local communities

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British Association For The Advancment Of Science