Develop your community organisation’s capacity to tackle welfare reform and inequality with a grant of up to £5,000. The application process is simple, with a quick decision and, for successful projects, the money paid up front.

The funding scheme

Following a successful pilot in 2015, we are pleased to announce the second round of this Scottish Government-supported funding scheme. A further £330,000 is available to distribute to innovative and creative projects which help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact on communities.

The fund will increase the capactiy and resilience of communities and third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need. Awards range from £1,000 to £5,000, with project activity expected to start and finish between January and August 2017.

Applications are invited from third sector organisations with an annual income of £200,000 or less.

If you would like to find out about the projects funded last year, visit the SCVO evidence library.

Fund criteria

Successful projects will achieve one or more of the following:

  • Expand/develop your organisation’s capacity to meet demand in relation to welfare reform
  • Develop a pilot project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform and inequality
  • Help organisations work in partnership to support people
  • Develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point

Project criteria

We are looking to support a broad range of local projects across Scotland. Organisations that can apply include:

  • charities
  • voluntary organisations
  • social enterprises
  • community organisations
  • volunteering bodies
  • cooperatives
  • housing associations
  • credit unions
  • community interest companies (if no profit distribution)
  • charitable trusts (where the trust has been setup by a local authority, it must now be fully independent)
  • community enterprise trusts
  • trade unions

Your organisation must be part of a regulated body. Where this is not the case, your application must have the support of a regulated organisation.

Examples of organisations that are not be eligible to apply include:

  • arms length council bodies including trusts (defined by clauses in the constitution that concede control to the local authority)
  • community interest companies (where there is profit distribution)
  • private sector
  • local authorities
  • public sector


Please read the application guidance notes before submitting. It is important that you provide details on:

  • the project you would like us to fund
  • a broad overview of the expenditure the funding will be used to support
  • what you hope to acheive
  • the impact you intend to make
  • how your project meets our criteria


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 31 October 2016.


If you have any questions please contact Irene Connelly on 0141 559 5027 or email [email protected].