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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 Social Innovation Challenge is a programme that funds and supports innovators to kick-start solutions that tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The 2023 theme is focused on issues connected with the rising cost of living.

They are looking to support new social enterprise ideas for removing the deep-rooted obstacles that prevent individuals and communities from living fulfilling and dignified lives, particularly in light of the current, well-publicised rising cost of living.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Grant, Prize/award
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Who can apply

  • Established social enterprises
  • Unincorporated groups or community associations
  • Individuals with an idea for a new project

When to apply

Applications for the next challenge will open in Spring 2024.

How to apply

Submit an expression of interest on the Firstport website. If shortlisted, you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel.

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Activites funded: Community development & regeneration Employability services Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Economically/socially disadvantaged Families People in poverty Local communities

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