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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 National Lottery Community Fund - (Scotland) - Young Start


Young Start is a grants programme that distributes money from dormant bank accounts. They will support a wide range of projects for up to three years that will make children and young people aged 8 to 24 confident, healthy, connected or enterprising.

They will fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes:

  • children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • children and young people have better connections with the wider community
  • children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Third sector organisations can apply to Young Start. This includes voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, co-operatives and charities.

When to apply

There are no deadlines. They will make awards on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Check the Lottery website for details on eligibility and contact the National Lottery Community Fund to discuss your idea.

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Activites funded: Advice & information Befriending & mentoring Citizenship & community involvement Education & training Employability services Health care & wellbeing Health education & promotion Mental health care Sport & physical activity Recreation & social activities

Beneficiaries funded: Children Economically/socially disadvantaged Socially isolated people Ill-health Voluntary sector organisations Unemployed Volunteers Young people

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