Fund Launch: Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund 2023-26

Published: March 9, 2023


The Scottish Government Minister for Equalities and Older People has announced the launch of the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund.

This fund is being managed by Impact Funding Partners (IFP) on behalf of the Scottish Government.

This is an open and competitive fund for third sector organisations and community groups based in Scotland, with funded activity taking place between the 1st August 2023 and 31st July 2026. Grants of up to £72,000 are available across the full fund period.

The aim of this fund is to support projects and organisations to tackle social isolation and loneliness and build stronger social connections across Scotland, in line with the A Connected Scotland (2018) strategy. The fund will also contribute to the recovery and reduction in societal harm associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, and to mitigate the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis.

There are two application stages for this fund, the timescales are outlined below for the initial expression of interest stage. Details of the second stage can be found on our webpage.

Stage 1 – Expression of interest (EOI) 

Fund stage Timescale
EOI applications open Wed 8th March 2023
EOI applications close Fri 31st March 2023
Decisions issued/stage 2 invites* Thurs 9th March – Wed 5th April 2023


For further information and guidance on how to apply, please visit our webpage here

Please get in touch with our team if you wish to discuss anything relating to the fund. You can email us on or you can contact us by phone on 01383 620 780.

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