Funding: £3.8m for Volunteering Projects

19 June 2017

Funding: £3.8m for Volunteering Projects

The Scottish Government has announced £3.8 million funding to help more people take part in volunteering through the Volunteering Support Grant.  

The Volunteering Support Grant will be made available over the next four years to create new and better volunteering projects with a focus on encouraging disadvantaged and disabled people into volunteering.  

Communities Secretary Angela Constance said:

"Volunteering is one of the most wonderful things a person can do. When a person chooses to offer up their time and talents to help others, they are not only making a vital contribution to their community, but often find that they make friends, learn new skills and feel positive about the difference they are making as individuals.

“We want to make sure we are able to tap into everybody’s talents and support anybody who wants to volunteer to do so. Through offering this funding on a three year rolling basis, we are providing further financial certainty to support volunteers.

“It feels very apt that we are announcing this funding following the weekend of the Great Get Together, which aims is to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us.”

The Volunteering Support Grant has been delivered by the Voluntary Action Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government since 2013/14 and will manage the grant in 2017/18 also.  

Funding will be available to third sector organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 and individual grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 will be awarded to successful applicant projects.  

Further information including guidance and the application form is available from the Voluntary Action Fund website.

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