Advocacy/Befriending/Mentoring Funders

Funder Amount Closing Date Status
(Social Economy Growth Fund) Not Specified 17 Feb 2017 Closed The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. Organisations applying are expected to: •support people to move into better paid employment •increase household income •improve people's skills •empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves   Full details including eligibility criteria and the application process are available from The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 February.
(The Volunteering Support Fund) Small: Up to £10,000 14 Jul 2017 Closed 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. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following outcomes during the 8 month funding period: Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include those who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering; Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.  Who can apply? Third sector organisations with an annual income of under £250,000. Organisations do not need to be registered charities, although their constitution or set of rules should make clear that funds will only be spent on purposes established in the constitution, and not distributed amongst members;  Organisations that have never applied to the Volunteering Support Fund before, or that received a grant during 2016-17 but not during the previous year 2015-2016 (ie over two consecutive years).  Organisations that are able to start their project within 10 days of being awarded funding. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Fri 14 July 2017 and the period of the grant will be from 1 Aug 2017 to 30 March 2018.
Better Breaks Not Specified 28 Nov 2017 Open Better Breaks supports the development of short break opportunities for families with disabled children and young people, by providing grants to voluntary organisations working in Scotland. This year, Better Breaks wants to build capacity in mainstream services (i.e. youth clubs) to allow more disabled children and young people an opportunity to participate. Youth work groups may be eligible to apply for grants to enable the inclusion of disabled young people in their activities. For example, funding could pay for support workers, staff training, or specialist equipment. The latest round of the Better Breaks funding programme is now open for applications and the deadline for applications is 28 November
Big Lotter Fund - improving lives - Medium Medium: Up to £100,000 Open Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and we want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient. We want to fund activity that means people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. For applications up to £150,000 you only need to fill in a single application form. If you are applying for between £150,000 and £1 million there is a different form and two stage process. To get an application form or to discuss what you're planning, contact our Scotland Advice Team on 0300 123 7110 or      
Esmée Fairbairn - Young People Leaving Care Not Specified Open 10,000 young people aged over 16 leave care each year in the UK, a third before their 18th birthday, compared to the general population where 50% are still living with their parents at 24. A half of care-leavers believe they are made to do so too early and say they receive very poor preparation and support for the challenges of adult life. In response to this, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will spend over £2 million a year for at least five years to support young people leaving care to sustain healthy relationships and to receive more consistent and high quality support from the state. The aim is to: Ensure care leavers are more easily able to form healthy relationships that help them make a successful transition to adulthood. Ensure young people leaving care receive a consistently high standard of statutory support that has been informed by their views. Through funding and non-financial support, the Foundation wishes to see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence. Funding is available to support charitable work in the following areas: Work that develops long lasting, supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care. Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services. There is no minimum or maximum level of grant and no specified length of time for funding. In 2015, the Foundation's median average grant was £100,000 over three years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but requests for social investments will be considered. Applications are accepted from organisations carrying out charitable work to support young care leavers. The Foundation provides funding for a range of organisations, but in practice the majority or organisations funded will be registered charities or non-profit organisations. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Nuffield Foundation - Law In Society Grant Programme Large: Over £100,000 10 Oct 2017 Open This Scheme provides funding for not-for profit organisations to support self- contained research or developmental projects based in the UK which meet a practical or policy need within the field of the civil justice system and the theme of access to justice
Robertson Trust Not Specified Open The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on, Scotland.   the organisation has 3 Funding Strands   1. Care and wellbeing 2. Strenghening Communities 3 Realising Potential and its outcomes are Improved confidence & self-esteem Increased inclusion Improved Skills and Knowledge Improved Health and Well-being  
The Adamson Trust Not Specified 30 Sep 2017 Open The scheme offers grants to voluntary community organisations and charities in Scotland provideing respite breaks for young people aged 17 and under who have physical, mental or emotional difficulties
The Benevolent Fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open This scheme helps young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants up to £15,000 are available for registered charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £250,000 The fund prefers to help new projects in the early stages and, in particular, innovatory projects which could act as a model for similar work elsewhere. the priorities of the fund are to help: Helping disadvantaged young people; and offenders and ex-offenders particularly those under 30 years of age. Small organisations and charities that offer direct services are preferred. further information is avalible by contacting the fund on 0207606, email them at or access their website via the link below.