The Volunteering Support Fund

Please see the email below that we received today from Scottish Sports Association:

Good Morning Members

Please see details below about ‘The Volunteering Support Fund’.

Unfortunately we’ve only just found out about this and the deadline for application is this Friday (14th July). I appreciate it’s short notice but this is a great opportunity for you, your clubs and other sporting organisations in you network to access funding.

 “Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 are now available to small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations (with an annual income of under £250,000) working in Scotland. The Volunteering Support Fund supports 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.

Volunteering Support Fund is funded by the Scottish Government, which has committed a total of £530K to improve support for volunteers, and is managed on its behalf by Voluntary Action Fund. In its previous four rounds (2013-17) 425 organisations benefitted from the Volunteering Support Fund, resulting in improved support for thousands of volunteers, more than half of whom had experienced disadvantage.”

To be eligible for this fund applicants must be:

1. A third sector organisation (voluntary organisation or community group) whose Board of Trustees or Management Committee are predominantly volunteers. Organisations do not need to be registered charities but their constitution/set of rules should make clear that funds will only be spent on purposes established in the constitution, and not distributed amongst members;
2. An organisation with an annual income of under £250,000;
3. Organisations that have not applied to the Volunteering Support Fund before, or were previously unsuccessful, or that received a grant during 2016-17 but not during the previous year (2015-16), ie over two consecutive years); and
4. Organisations that can start their project within 10 days of receiving funding

**Please be sure to read the Application Guidance Notes attached, noting particular reference to the requirement that during the 8 month funding period applicants should recruit at least 10 new volunteers, of whom 6 should be from groups which may experience disadvantages as shown in Table 1 of the notes**

For more information please see flyer, guidance notes, and the link below: