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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 Baily Thomas Charitable Fund - General Programme


The fund aids research into learning disability aids the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. Their priorities are learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities) and autism and they will consider projects for children or adults.

They will fund:

  • Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;
  • Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;
  • Play schemes and play therapy schemes;
  • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;
  • Support for families, including respite schemes;
  • Independent living schemes;
  • Support in the community schemes;
  • Snoezelen rooms.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities (that includes Schools and Parent Teacher Associations, Co-operative and Community Societies and other such exempt charities) or are associated with a registered charity. The Fund does not currently accept appeals from Community Interest Companies

When to apply

Meetings of the Trustees are usually held in March, June and November of each year. The deadlines for submitting an appeal for funding over £10,000 are:

  • 1 December for consideration at the interim meeting in March
  • 1 March for consideration at the June meeting
  • 1 August for consideration at the November meeting.

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as you are able.

Next deadline: 1 Mar 2024

How to apply

Application form available on the Fund website. Appeals received for funding of £10,000 and below will initially be considered through the small grants programme. Where the recommendation by the Chair is to award more than the maximum of £5,000, the appeal will be referred to the next Main Grant Board Meeting.

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Activites funded: Community facilities Employability services General charitable activities Recreation & social activities Respite & holidays

Beneficiaries funded: Learning disabilities

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