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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 Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues. They favour work which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation. They consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues.

The focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential.

In addition, areas of special interest are:

  • Young people’s improved mental health;
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change;
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland UK

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

They fund charitable and not-for-profit organisations and target funding towards issues and organisations which do not enjoy widespread public support.

Large, national organisations or ‘household name charities’ are unlikely to receive a grant unless they are the only organisation in a position to tackle a particular problem.

When to apply

You can apply at any time and can normally expect to receive a decision within 3-4 months, although they recommend allowing six months for a decision.

How to apply

There is a two stage application process. At Stage One they will ask you to provide a short outline application. Stage One application forms can be downloaded from the Foundation's website.If invited, Stage Two provides an opportunity to provide a more fully developed and formal proposal.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Education & training Health care & wellbeing Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Carers Economically/socially disadvantaged Families General public Mental health conditions Older people Ill-health Young people

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