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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 Foundation aims to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world by focusing on the arts, environment and social action. Grants are made in three categories:

  • Arts: supporting the potential of arts to enrich and transform lives
  • Environment: contributing to greater harmony between people and the planet
  • Social Action: supporting organisations which work to create positive changes in practice, systems and institutions.

It will only support organisations whose work has impact across the whole of the UK.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Revenue, Core costs
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Who can apply

They only make grants to registered, excepted or exempt charities.The work must have a UK national footprint and your organisation should have an income between £100,000 and £10 million.


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When to apply

For the majority of applications there are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. They make decisions regularly throughout the year. Some work strands, such as the Regional Museums and Galleries Fund have an annual application deadline. Check funder website for details.

How to apply

First complete the eligibility quiz. There is a two-stage application process. At Stage 1 submit a brief description of your organisation and what you would like them to fund on no more than two sides of A4, plus some financial information. If you are invited to the next stage they will ask you for a full application.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Environment Health care & wellbeing Heritage & building preservation

Beneficiaries funded: Carers Economically/socially disadvantaged General public Socially isolated people People in poverty Ill-health Young people

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