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More about the Community Capacity & Resilience Fund

A great deal of the work tackling the impact of welfare reform and poverty is taking place on the frontline, delivered by community based organisations. In recognition of this the Scottish Government is investing funding to increase the capacity and resilience of communities and local third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need.

As part of the Community Capacity & Resilience funding, a pilot funding scheme is open for application to third sector organisations with an annual income of £200,000 or less in the 2014/15 financial year.

With £144,500 available for the 2015/16 financial year, the funding scheme seeks to support those organisations whose work is likely to have significant impact in their communities. The funding scheme aims to support innovative and creative projects, to have a preventative impact in communities, combating inequality and promoting social inclusion, and to assist work to mitigate the effects of welfare reform.

The funding scheme is also intended to support local organisations to work in partnership. The scheme is supported by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) which hopes the pilot will inform Scottish Government funding streams to community based organisations in the future.


Applications are invited from charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, community organisations, volunteering bodies, co-operatives, housing associations, and credit unions only. The pilot funding scheme is not open to the public sector or arms-length external organisations set up by the public sector. Your organisation must be part of a regulated body or your application must be sponsored by a regulated organisation. We recognise the following regulators, but if you are in doubt, please get in touch:

  • OSCR
  • Scottish Housing Regulator
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • As a CASC through HMRC

Funding is available to organisations with an annual income of £200,000 or less in the 2014/15 financial year. Projects must take place in Scotland. This funding is not for core costs but for projects organisations do not have the capacity to carry out otherwise. The maximum grant amount which the Fund will provide is £5,000 and the minimum is £1,000. As this is a competitive fund, not all organisations that apply will be funded. More information may be requested during the assessment phase. Funds will not be transferred to successful applicants unless a complete and signed Grant Acceptance Form is received by 17 July 2015.


Successful projects will achieve one or more of the following:

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

Please note: The pilot funding scheme comes out of the Capacity and Resilience Fund. As such, the aim of the scheme is to fund projects/training/staff to mitigate the impact of poverty and welfare reform where there currently isn’t the capacity or resources.  Therefore, unfortunately the scheme cannot fund any existing work or core costs, such as rent.

Project ideas

The fund is intended to increase your organisation’s capacity to help people mitigate the impact of welfare reform and poverty. Here are some suggestions of what you might want to apply to the fund for:

  • Train your staff in benefits advice
  • Bring in an external benefits advisor
  • Add some staffing hours to a service you currently provide
  • Pilot an idea you think might benefit your community
  • Set up or provide time for staff to take part in networks around welfare reform
  • Build local partnerships to ensure clients are more effectively supported
  • Promote your service within the community
  • Develop materials which aid work in relation to welfare reform and/or tackling poverty
  • Develop a volunteer recruitment programme
  • Facilitate knowledge and experience sharing
  • Develop innovative support for local people e.g. cheaper food, community food sources, budgeting workshops, peer support groups

How to apply

To apply, please submit a completed application by 5pm on Friday 29 May 2015 – it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that completed applications are received by this date. We are happy to accept supporting evidence (no more than two pieces) which can include videos, audio clips, leaflets or web links. Please note supporting evidence is additional information to help us better understand your application and will not be used in the formal assessment of applicants. Please read the guidance document before completing your application. Ideally the application should be submitted electronically but it may also be submitted by post before 5pm on Friday 29 May 2015. Contact details are in the guidance document.


  • 29 May 2015 – deadline for applications
  • 1 June 2015 – shortlisting and Decision Making Panel assessment starts
  • 3 July 2015 – assessment results will be announced
  • 17 July 2015 – grant acceptance form deadline and funds transferred. This means successful applicants will receive the funding in advance of project start date
  • August 2015 – January 2016 – projects run within this period
  • 13 November 2015 – a short progress report on the project must be submitted
  • 15 February 2016 – final report and evaluation due