Community Capacity & Resilience Fund

Community Capacity & Resilience Fund open for applications on 19th September 2016

New round of grants for smaller grassroots, third sector organisations working hard to tackle welfare reform and poverty in communities throughout Scotland.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) are delighted to announce that we have £330,000 to support innovative and creative projects that help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in communities. This investment from Scottish Government will increase the capacity and resilience of communities and third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need.

Awards will range from £1,000 to £5,000 with project activity starting and finishing between Jan 2017 – August 2017.

We can support projects that will achieve one or more of the following criteria;

  • 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

If you work for or know an organisation that’s tackling the impact of welfare reform and poverty (with an annual income of £200,000 or less) then we look forward to reading about your great ideas.

Applying to this fund is simple, with an easy online application process. Applications open on Monday 19th September 2016 and close on 31st October 2016.



Launch Me

What is LaunchMe?

LaunchMe is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It supports ambitious, early stage social enterprises to scale up and increase their social impact. LaunchMe provides seed funding, intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage, mentoring and access to match funding.

We are looking for social enterprises that

 are less than 3 years old

 operate in Scotland

 have a track record of trading and achieving social impact

 have ambition to scale

Case studies

LaunchMe has already supported 14 ambitious social enterprises across Scotland. Click on the link below to read more about their stories and how LaunchMe helped them achieve their goals.

have the appetite to take on social investment



Just Enterprise Workshop

At a time of decreased funding and resources, it is vital that your organisation can also prove its added social value in society.

We have just a few spaces left on this one-day learning programme which provides an overview of two main frameworks to measure social impact allowing you to identify an approach most suitable for your organisation and its work.

Who for:                       This programme is for any individual and organisation interested in proving and improving the value of their organisations’ work

Where:                          BRAG Enterprises, Main Street, Lochgelly, Fife, KY5 8BJ

When:                            Thursday 14th April

Fee:                                £50 (We are able to offer this a highly reduced rate through the support of Just Enterprise) 

To reserve your space:


Asda Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy

The deadline for this opportunity is approaching.  You have until midday on Monday 14 March 2016 to apply.  Asda are looking for up to 8 Scottish Social Enterprises to take part in the first cohort of the Asda Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy starting in June of this year. The Academy is the first of its kind in the UK and has been designed to build the capacity of social enterprises across Scotland and support them to get their products on the shelves of one of the world’s leading supermarkets.


£1.1 million available to support volunteer-involving Organisations

New fund open to applications

The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) has announced a new round of funding to help third sector organisations create new or enhanced volunteering projects. The Volunteering Support Grant 2016-17 will enable organisations to increase the diversity of their volunteer pool over an 11 month period.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for individual organisations, which will be expected to recruit at least 15 additional volunteers (especially those who are disadvantaged in some way); and provide opportunities for both current and new volunteers to benefit from a meaningful volunteering experience, eg through training, learning new skills, and increased participation in their local community.

Volunteering Support Grant

Voluntary Action Fund