About the Families and Communities Fund

The Scottish Government’s Families and Communities Fund will run from April 2020 to March 2023, with up to £16m being available annually.

The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also incorporated) which deliver work of national significance in Scotland.

The fund will support the delivery of activities which contribute to improved outcomes for children, young people and their families through:

    • Delivery of prevention and early intervention
    • Providing parenting and family support
    • Supporting development of and maintaining positive healthy relationships
    • Contributing to positive and sustained support for children and young people to achieve their potential under the Getting it right for every child wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included)
    • Preventing adverse childhood experiences and providing trauma-informed support to people affected.
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The Families and Communities Fund will also support Community Learning and Development (CLD) through:

      • Prevention and early intervention through youth work and adult learning and community capacity building
      • Support to, and delivery of, lifelong, lifewide, learner-centred adult learning
      • Using asset-based approaches to work with young people, adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities

All applications must show a direct link to at least one National Outcome in Scotland’s National Performance Framework. The five National Outcomes that are most relevant to this fund are:

      • We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential
      • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
      • We are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
      • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination and
      • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally

Key dates for the fund

    • Applications must be received by 2pm on 24th September 2019. Only online applications received by this time will be accepted.
    • We expect to be able to let everyone who has applied know the funding board’s decisions in mid-December 2019. We will contact every organisation individually to let them know whether they have been successful.
    • The funding will start in April 2020.
    • See the applying for funding section for information session dates.

Applying for Funding

The key document that you should read to find out more about the fund is the criteria and guidance document which will help you understand the focus of the fund.

All applications must be sent to us using the online application form. You will also need to attach a budget breakdown to your application form.

These other documents are here to help you develop your application if you decide you would like to apply:


If you require any specialist assistance in completing your application form, please get in touch with us at facfund@corra.scot


Other Advice

You may also find it helpful to have a look at the Q&A section below.

Please remember that the closing date for applications is 2pm on 24th September 2019. If we have not received a final online application form by this time we will not be able to assess your application.

While our information sessions have now passed there is still lots of support available. One of our two webinar sessions was recorded and is available online here.

Any questions that we are asked about the fund that aren’t easily answered through existing information will be recorded and the answers shared on our website. Everyone will have access to the answers to all the questions we are asked at the information sessions or by email or phone.

If you have a specific question about the fund you can email us at facfund@corra.scot and we will be happy to help.

The past dates of our information sessions were:


We have developed a list of the additional questions we have been asked about the fund from 6th to 28th June. This  includes any questions we were asked at the information sessions or by email or phone. You can access the additional Q&A here.

Additional questions gathered between 11th to 31st July can be found here.