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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 Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.

They make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Health
  • Community
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Environment
  • Religion and Welfare.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Capital, Revenue, Core costs

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Who can apply

The Foundation is only able to support UK registered charities and CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations) working within the UK.

They also accept applications from organisations that have ‘exempt’ status – this is restricted to places of worship, hospitals, education establishments, museums and housing associations.

When to apply

There are no deadlines. The Trustees make decisions all year round on grant applications.

Regular Grants (those under £100,000) are considered in order of receipt to be fair to all.

They also have eight meetings per year to review Major Grant applications (£100,000 and above) and these agendas are carefully planned in advance to ensure they are fairly balanced throughout the year.

How to apply

Apply online via the Foundation website. They have an eligibility quiz which you can complete to ensure you are eligible to apply.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Advice & information Arts & culture Befriending & mentoring Citizenship & community involvement Community development & regeneration Community facilities Transport Education & training Employability services Environment General charitable activities Health care & wellbeing Heritage & building preservation Mental health care Recreation & social activities Respite & holidays Science & technology Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: People affected by drugs and alcohol Black & Ethnic Minorities Carers Children Economically/socially disadvantaged Families General public Homeless or badly housed Care experienced people Socially isolated people LGBTQI people People in poverty Rural communities Men Mental health conditions Offenders & ex-offenders Older people Ill-health Disabilities Learning disabilities Physical disabilities Sensory impairments Refugees & asylum seekers Religious & Belief Groups Local communities Voluntary sector organisations Unemployed Victims of crime & abuse Volunteers Women & girls Young people

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