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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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Henry Smith Charity - Strengthening Communities


The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK (10% most deprived), targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. ]

They will fund work that enables:

  • people from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • people who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • a stronger, active, more engaged community.

Geographical areas funded: UK

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Who can apply

They primarily fund registered charities, but are willing to make grants to other types of not for profit organisations, such as Community Interest Companies (CICs) or constituted community groups if they can explain how they would use our funding for charitable purposes. Grants are only made to organisations with an annual income of between £20k and £500k working within the bottom 10% most deprived areas for England and Scotland

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When to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines. They assess applications as they are received. It will take up to six months from submission for you to hear the outcome, though you will know within eight weeks if your application is not being shortlisted.

How to apply

Application form and guidance on the funder website.

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Activites funded: Advice & information Arts & culture Befriending & mentoring Citizenship & community involvement Community development & regeneration Sport & physical activity Recreation & social activities Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Economically/socially disadvantaged Homeless or badly housed Care experienced people Socially isolated people People in poverty

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