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Volunteering Support Fund

Posted: Wednesday 11 April 2018

£3.3 million Available to Support volunteering in Scotland. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 4 May 2018.

This scheme managed by the 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:

1.         Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering;

2.         Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering;

3.         Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and

4.         Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.

To be eligible applicants must be:

 •          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, although 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.

•          A third sector organisation working in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000; and

•          Organisations who can start the project within 10 days of receiving funding

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.

Guidance Notes, including full details of eligibility and how to apply for the grant, can be accessed from the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) website.

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 they cannot offer project specific advice or comment on draft applications.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 4 May 2018

 Link: https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk

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