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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 Employability Fund is being distributed by VASLan on behalf of UK Government and is funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The overall aim of the fund is to strengthen capacity of community-based employability support for individuals.

For full guidance, visit the VASLan website.

Your project should fit with one or more essential priorities:

  • People taking part in work experience programs. An example could be organisations supporting people in job-searching activities i.e. identifying volunteering options, any other work experience programs.
  • People engaged in job-searching following support, for example organizations supporting people in job-searching activities i.e. job clubs, identifying skills, writing CVs, identifying volunteering or training options.
  • People in employment, including self-employment, following support, i.e. when organisation is offering advice- how to find job and matching with current skills, advice or working in partnership on self-employment.
  • People in education/training in order to gain skills needed to employment in the future i.e. volunteers identifying education destination as a result of support during volunteering experience, staff in particular roles looking to enhance their skills in order to support individuals better.
  • People experiencing reduced structural barriers into employment and into skills provision, i.e. when organisation is helping with project like mentorship for people with low self- confidence and mental health barrier which previously stopped them from employment, supported employment options etc.

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Geographical areas funded: South Lanarkshire

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Who can apply

Your organisation must have achieved Volunteer Friendly / Investing in Volunteers accreditation or already signed up for the Quality Standard process. You should be a VASLan member and be contributing to employability provision.

They would prefer that the annual income of your organisation does not exceed £ 1 million.

If you don’t have a written governing document, you can apply for grant funding up to a maximum of £2,000 but only where you are working in partnership with either a community council or an established, incorporated or constituted organisation that is willing to hold the funding on your behalf.

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When to apply

Apply as soon as possible.

Applications close at 12 noon on 6 October 2024, however the fund may close early if funds are exhausted.

How to apply

The first stage is to complete an Expression of Interest form which can be found on the VASLAN website. If your project meets the criteria you will receive a link to complete the full application.

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Activites funded: Employability services

Beneficiaries funded: Unemployed

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