Develop your community based organisation’s ability to tackle welfare reform and poverty with a grant of £1,000–£5,000. Applying to this funding scheme is simple, with an easy application process, a quick decision and the money up front.

The funding scheme

This Scottish Government pilot funding scheme aims to support innovative and creative projects that increase the capacity of frontline third sector organisations to mitigate the impact of welfare reform, promote social inclusion, combat inequality, and increase partnership working.

Funding is available to community based organisations with an annual income for the 2014/15 financial year of £200,000 or less. Projects must take place during the 2015/16 financial year within Scotland.

Fund criteria

Successful projects will achieve one or more of the following criteria:

  • Expand/develop your organisations 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

Who can apply

Applications are invited from charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, community based organisations, volunteering bodies, co-operatives, housing associations, and credit unions whose annual income in the 2014/15 financial year was £200,000 or less.


The deadline for the submission of applications is 5pm on Friday 29 May 2015.


If you have any questions, please contact Zoë Westwood –  / 0131 474 6183