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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.


Support charitable projects and activities in Scotland or those which benefit people who live here. There is a strong focus on community welfare, medical support and research, the arts, education and conservation.

The Trust is keen to support charities involved in one, or more, of the following areas:

  • Activities relating to community healthcare services including home care, aftercare, sufferers of long-term medical conditions and the continuing care of disabled people.
  • Health education and prevention – promoting knowledge and awareness of specific diseases or medical conditions.
  • Research in preventative or curative medicine.
  • Lifelong learning projects helping people of any age to achieve their educational potential through supplementary schools, literacy and numeracy projects, community education, vocational/restart education for the unemployed, and alternative education for excluded school pupils.
  • Community development by helping groups to organise and respond to problems and needs in their communities.
  • Social services including organisations assisting individuals or families to overcome social deprivation e.g. people who are homeless or disabled and their carers, single parent and childcare groups and other family support groups.
  • Social preventive schemes covering activities which prevent crime, ‘dropping out’ and general delinquency, provide social care outreach services, deliver social health and safety awareness schemes.
  • Community social activities which promote social engagement for vulnerable people, mitigating against isolation and loneliness.
  • Artistic activities that are supportive of cultural enhancement in the community.
  • Advancing public participation in a sport that involves physical skill and physical exertion.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Registered charities.

When to apply

Board meets three times a year (normally November, February and June). The secretary has authority to approve grants of up to £5,000 between meetings.

How to apply

Apply online via the Foundation website.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Advice & information Arts & culture Community development & regeneration Education & training Environment Financial advice & support Health care & wellbeing Heritage & building preservation Recreation & social activities Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Carers Economically/socially disadvantaged Families Ill-health Disabilities Local communities Voluntary sector organisations Volunteers

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