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 Shackleton Foundation provides seed-funding to inspirational leaders and early-stage social enterprises with the potential to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.

They provide seed funding and support to enable aspiring leaders and social entrepreneurs to establish their own ventures to help the disadvantaged and socially marginalised in society. They look for long-lasting, far-reaching projects with the potential to provide solutions to intractable social problems.

Eligible ideas must:

  • Be innovative and fresh
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Be in the first year of development
  • Have a real social impact
  • Have well-defined outputs and goals
  • Have the potential for real growth and sustainability
  • The beneficiaries of the work must be young people predominantly based in the UK

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Type of cost:
Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes

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Who can apply

The Shackleton Foundation provides seed funding to inspirational leaders and early stage social entrepreneurs with the potential to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.

When to apply

Applications are considered by Trustees on a quarterly basis, and applicants that are short-listed will be invited to present at one of the Trustee's meetings.

Future deadlines are to be confirmed. Check the events diary on the funder website for most up to date details. The last deadline was 18 October 2021.

How to apply

All applicants must submit a completed application form, available on the funder website.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Befriending & mentoring Citizenship & community involvement Community development & regeneration Community facilities Community safety Transport Education & training Employability services Environment General charitable activities Health care & wellbeing Health education & promotion Mental health care Recreation & social activities Social care & welfare

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

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