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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) - Community Led


Funding to support communities to bring real improvements to the places they live and the wellbeing of those in need. They will fund organisations to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes:

  • Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community led activity
  • People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their wellbeing.

They also want to fund work that is people-led, connected, and strengths-based.

Premium information is available exclusively to SCVO members and supporters

Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue
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Who can apply

This funding is for organisations in Scotland that are based in the local area they serve and are run by local people.

Your organisation should have a governing body, such as a committee or board which includes at least three unrelated people and a written governing document, such as a constitution. This governing document should make it clear that your organisation has a social purpose, open membership and community control.

When to apply

The next deadline is 12 noon on 21 August 2024.

Next deadline: 21 Aug 2024

How to apply

Read the guidance on the NLCF website and then contact the Scotland Advice Team to discuss what you're planning and get an application form.

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Activites funded: Advice & information Advocacy Befriending & mentoring Citizenship & community involvement Community development & regeneration Community facilities Community safety Transport Education & training Environment Financial advice & support Health care & wellbeing Health education & promotion Mental health care Recreation & social activities Respite & holidays Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: People affected by drugs and alcohol Black & Ethnic Minorities Carers Children Economically/socially disadvantaged Families General public Homeless or badly housed Care experienced people Socially isolated people LGBTQI people People in poverty Rural communities Men Mental health conditions Offenders & ex-offenders Older people 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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