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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) - Improving Lives


Funding for people experiencing challenges in their lives to help them overcome this and become more resilient. They want to fund activity which means people:

  • are better able to identify solutions that enable them to take control over their lives and build resilience
  • are able to shape the projects and services they use to better meet their needs
  • have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives.

All applicants need to demonstrate that their activity is people-led, connected, and strengths-based. They will fund activity that:

  • supports children, young people and families currently experiencing challenging circumstances
  • supports people that have experienced abuse
  • tackles loss, isolation or loneliness
  • supports people that experience discrimination and/or work to challenge discrimination
  • supports people facing financial hardship.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue

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Who can apply

Most organisations are eligible to apply. They're keen to see applications from smaller organisations that they haven’t funded before.

When to apply

Applications close at 12 noon on 21 August 2024.

Next deadline: 21 Aug 2024

How to apply

Read the guidance on the National Lottery Community Fund 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 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 Religious & Belief Groups Local communities Voluntary sector organisations Unemployed Victims of crime & abuse Volunteers Women & girls Young people

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