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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 Ethnic Minority Development Fund (EMDF) is available to any ethnic minority-led voluntary or community organisation in Scotland. The EMDF has been developed in partnership between CEMVO Scotland and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Organisations interested in applying to the EMDF will be required to submit an application that must do at least one of the following:

  • Bring ethnic minority people together and build strong relationships across communities.
  • Help more ethnic minority people to be the best they can be, by supporting them as soon as possible.
  • Improve places and spaces that matter to ethnic minority communities.

Organisations can apply for a minimum of £500 up to a maximum of £15,000 for their project idea.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • Unregistered voluntary or community organisation
  • Not for profit company
  • Registered charity (unincorporated)
  • Charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO)
  • Community interest company (CIC)
  • Faith based group (like a mosque, gurdwara, temple, church, synagogue etc.)

When to apply

Currently closed.

How to apply

Standard and easy read applications forms can be downloaded from the Cemvo Scotland website. All completed forms should be e-mailed to: or sent by post.

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Activites funded: Citizenship & community involvement Community development & regeneration Education & training General charitable activities Sport & physical activity Recreation & social activities

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Refugees & asylum seekers Religious & Belief Groups

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