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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.


Build It aims to help early-stage social enterprises working towards becoming financially sustainable. It offers grant funding for salary costs so that the new jobs help the enterprise increase its income, become financially sustainable and continue to deliver social impact without relying on grant funding.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Your enterprise must be up and running and able to provide evidence of income generation and social impact to date and been trading for 2 years or less. Profits from the enterprise must be reinvested in the business and its social aims; no assets or uncapped dividends can be transferred out of the organisation to private individuals or bodies.

Your enterprise must be an independent organisation – it is neither a project nor a subsidiary of an existing body. It must aim to provide direct social benefit to individuals, communities and/or the environment.

When to apply

Upcoming deadlines are 12 noon on:

  • 27 June 2024, with pitching panels on 27 and 28 August 2024

Next deadline: 27 Jun 2024

How to apply

The application form and guidance can be found on the Firstport website.

You must submit an application form, a business plan, a pitch document and cash flow projections. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to pitch to an independent panel that makes the final funding decision.

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Activites funded: Community development & regeneration General charitable activities

Beneficiaries funded: Local communities Voluntary sector organisations

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