£3.3 million Available to Support volunteering in Scotland
Volunteering Support Fund
July 2018 - March 2021
The Scottish Government has committed £3.3 million over three years to support volunteering in Scotland until March 2021.
The Volunteering Support Fund managed by Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) will enable Scotland’s small to medium-sized third sector organisations to recruit additional volunteers (who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one) and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.
Grants between £7,500 and £10,000 per annum are available for individual organisations, who will be expected to recruit at least 15 additional volunteers, including, 10 who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; 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.
Applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following four outcomes:
Who can apply?
To be eligible applicants must be:
What can I apply for?
Organisations can apply for the costs of recruiting additional volunteers (both delivery volunteers and voluntary board members) and should demonstrate that they aim to recruit at least an additional 15 volunteers, including 10 who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering.
Other costs should contribute towards how volunteers are supported, eg increased staff hours, volunteers’ expenses, volunteer training, establishing robust volunteering policies and procedures, volunteer planning/evaluation days or thank-you events, or uniforms or equipment.
The funded activities should take place within the funding period 1 July 2018 to 31 March 2021.
How to apply
Guidance Notes, including full details of eligibility and how to apply for the grant, can be accessed from the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) website at www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk.
For enquiries contact the Volunteering Support Team by email VSFenquiries@vaf.org.uk or phone 01383 620780
VAF staff can provide technical support but please note that we cannot offer project specific advice or comment on draft applications.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 4th May 2018