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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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The National Lottery Community Fund - The UK Fund


The UK Fund will fund organisations that want to do more to help communities come together and help make us a better-connected society. Your project must either work across the UK, or be able to inform, influence or scale across the UK.

They want to fund projects that:

  • strengthen relationships between people whose experiences of life have not been the same. For example, relationships between people of different ethnic backgrounds, generations, occupations or geographies
  • create connections between online and offline worlds
  • help make sure people from all backgrounds can shape the future of their communities.

They will only be supporting projects that can demonstrate how they will:

  • benefit communities across the UK (or have the potential to) - this could be by sharing learning, influencing, collaborating, convening or delivering activity across and between UK countries
  • increase their impact – this might be expanding into new locations, developing infrastructure, strengthening delivery or increasing reach
  • involve and benefit places, people and communities. We’re particularly interested in projects which focus on those experiencing poverty, disadvantage or discrimination
  • have a positive impact on the natural environment
  • share learning openly and be willing to adapt with an interest in working with others across sectors or systems to achieve lasting change.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Who can apply

You must either work across the UK, or be able to inform, influence or scale across the UK.

When to apply

Applications can be made at any time.

How to apply

Watch the guidance video on the Lottery website and check the funding criteria. If your idea meets the criteria you can apply online.

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Activites funded: Citizenship & community involvement

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Children Families General public Socially isolated people Rural communities Older people Disabilities Refugees & asylum seekers Local communities Young people Urban communities

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Last reviewed about 2 months ago

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The National Lottery Community Fund (UK)