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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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Bentley’s Advancing Life Chances Small Grants Programme


Bentley’s Advancing Life Chances Small Grants Programme provides grants to support charitable organisations working with vulnerable, disadvantaged or under-represented communities. The programme’s areas of focus are:

  • Access - Remove the barriers and improve access to services, education and employability.
  • Empowerment - Development of the life skills that enable people to be more self-confident, successful and thrive in life.
  • Quality of Life - Provide support to live a healthier life both physically and mentally.
  • Better Future - Safeguarding the environment, improving nature-deprived areas, drive improvement to “place” and boosting community spirit.

Premium information is available exclusively to SCVO members and supporters

Geographical areas funded: Edinburgh Glasgow

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Who can apply

The fund supports locations within a 20-mile radius of a Bentley location. In Scotland these are Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Check the fund website for a full list of eligible postcodes.

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When to apply

Upcoming rounds are:

  • Q3: 5 July - 20 September 2024 (for decisions 25 October)
  • Q4: 7 October - 20 December 2024 (for decisions 27 January 2025)
  • Q1: 10 January - 31 March 2025 (for decisions 10 April)

Rounds may close early depending on the number of applications. They advise applying as soon as possible.

Next deadline: 20 Sep 2024

How to apply

Apply online via the fund website.

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Activites funded: Citizenship & community involvement Education & training Employability services Health care & wellbeing Health education & promotion Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Economically/socially disadvantaged Socially isolated people People in poverty

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