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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 Trustees are interested in supporting a diverse range of charities which support older people over the age of 65, from large institutions to small community-run organisations.

Grants are loosely divided into Health and Community categories:

  • Health and welfare: grants for refurbishment of residential care housing for the elderly and for building projects which are nearing completion. Trustees also consider the provision of equipment and furniture to enhance care and improve quality of life.
  • Community and innovation: supports community initiatives for the over-65s such as exercise classes, horticultural projects and musical therapy. They also consider grants for technology projects aimed at benefitting the over-65s, however they do not fund IT for staff or volunteers.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland UK

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Who can apply

The Foundation award funds to UK registered charities that have been registered with OSCR for at least two years.

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When to apply

There are four application rounds each year as follows:

  • 1 - 10 March (for meeting in April)
  • 1 - 10 June (for meeting in July)
  • 1 - 10 September (for meeting in October)
  • 1 - 10 December (for meeting in January)

Late applications may be carried over to the following meeting.

Next deadline: 10 Sep 2024

How to apply

Apply by email at the address provided. Your application should be a maximum of four A4 pages, including a budget or costs on a single document. See the Foundation's website for full guidance for what to include in your application.

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Activites funded: Education & training Health care & wellbeing Recreation & social activities

Beneficiaries funded: Older people Learning disabilities Sensory impairments

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The W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation