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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.


ABCT supports charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society. Their three priority areas are:

  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Criminal justice and penal reform
  • Human rights, particularly access to justice

Geographical areas funded: UK

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Type of cost:
Revenue, Core costs
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Who can apply

Grants are normally awarded to charities registered and working in the UK. ABCT tends to support charities with annual income between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses.

Maximum annual income:


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When to apply

The Trustees meet four times a year. Upcoming deadlines are 25 April 2021, 31 July 2021, 31 October 2021, 30 January 2022, 30 April 2022.

Next deadline: 25th Apr 2021

How to apply

Complete the online application form

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Activites funded: Advice & information Advocacy Campaigning General charitable activities Justice, equality & law

Beneficiaries funded: Economically/socially disadvantaged Offenders & ex-offenders Refugees & asylum seekers

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