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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.


Business Loans Scotland (BLS) is the Fund Manager for a £7 million loan fund, which seeks to invest in new and growing Scottish SMEs. It is fully financed by the Scottish Growth Scheme and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the European Structural Funds 2014 - 2020 Programme.

BLS aims to ensure that good, commercially viable proposals do not fail from a lack of access to finance. Additionally, they want to support and encourage the creation, development and growth of Scottish businesses, helping them to trade regionally, nationally and internationally.

Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding:
Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes

Premium information

Who can apply

Applications of up to £100k are welcomed from limited companies, social enterprises and partnerships (including LLPS) of 4 or more partners. They can also support sole traders and partnerships of 3 or fewer partners with loans greater than £25k.

When to apply

Apply at any time.

How to apply

Enquiry form on the funder website.

Contact information

Activites funded: General charitable activities

Beneficiaries funded: General public

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