£2 Million Additional Funding Available For Charities

There is a new project providing funding that is available for charities supporting children, families and adult learning. The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund has already supported over 100 third sector organisations, benefiting thousands of children, families and communities across Scotland, by providing more than £14 million worth of core funding that enables them to deliver their services.

This new element of the fund is designed to enable charities to bid for project funding that will allow them to deliver fresh and innovative ideas, beyond their core work. Applications will be invited in the summer for a share of £1 million that will be made available in 2017/18, with a further £1 million to be available in 2018/19.

The first round of funding allocations announced last year enabled more than 100 organisations across Scotland to plan and deliver work to benefit a range of people in our communities.

Ambition and innovation is alive and well in the voluntary sector. This new project fund will support activities or evidence-based approaches that can build on the good work they are doing so far.

I would encourage groups in Inverclyde to learn more about the fund, with the intention of applying for support.

Picture from Howard Lake