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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 aim of the Fund is to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions or statutory sources. They support work at a community level.

Current funding priorities are:

  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees: support organisations and projects which provide essential services; which help meet their needs; and which support their integration within the wider community.
  • Penal Affairs: support work "through the door" where organisations go into prisons with projects and support to help prisoners (especially women) cope and/or maintain family bonds and to be better able to resettle positively when released. Also support post-release projects which support positive resettlement and a reduction in the likelihood of reoffending.

You cannot apply if you are currently a grant holder and your grant is not due to end until 2024.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Type of funding:
Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue, Core costs
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Who can apply

To be eligible to apply, your total annual income as shown in your most recent accounts should be no more than £250,000.

If your income is above that in your latest accounts but your average income over the most recent three years is under £250k then you can still apply – this is to allow for one-off “good” years.

The Fund are keen to support small organisations and their preference is to fund those already established rather than new ones (though these are still eligible).

Maximum annual income:

When to apply

Apply now. Applications will close at 3pm on 11 July 2024.

The following round is open from 10 September 2024 - 15 October 2024.

Next deadline: 11 Jul 2024

How to apply

Apply online via the Fund website. You must complete an eligibility checklist before accessing the form.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Citizenship & community involvement Education & training Employability services Recreation & social activities Justice, equality & law

Beneficiaries funded: Economically/socially disadvantaged Homeless or badly housed Offenders & ex-offenders Refugees & asylum seekers

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