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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 principal aim is to support the care and treatment of the single homeless. The reasons for their being homeless vary, but may include ill-health, those who are discharged offenders, drug and drink addicts or other adverse circumstances in their lives.

They financially support charities operating in the field of homelessness hostels, drop-in centres and the like with grants for items of capital expenditure directly related to the provision of housing for homeless people. All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Who can apply

Organisations must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.

They are able to help only small and medium-sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1m. and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months annual running costs based on their latest published annual accounts.

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When to apply

The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are 5pm on: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

Next deadline: 15 Jun 2023

How to apply

All applicants must use the official form on the funder website and clearly describe the aims and structure of their organisation, their future plans and specific details of how any grant money will be spent. A copy of the latest available audited accounts is also required.They cannot accept applications by post.

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Activites funded: Education & training Employability services Organisational development & capacity building Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Homeless or badly housed Voluntary sector organisations

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