Continued funding of £14 million is being provided for 2019/20 through the extension year of the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention & Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEI/ALEC) Fund. This Fund provides core funding for 117 charities working to support children, families, adult learning and communities across Scotland.
A wide range of organisations across Scotland receive funding covering a breadth of areas including health, children’s rights, looked after children, gender based violence, adult learning, parenting and play, early learning, and child protection.
In addition to receiving core funding, organisations receive support and development opportunities through regular networking and engagement events covering topics such as income generation, sustainability and digital communications.
Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd said:
The third sector makes a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of a wide range of people across the whole of Scotland. The Fund has contributed to this very worthwhile work, enabling thousands of children, young people, their families, adult learners and communities to be supported since it began in 2016.
The organisations we are funding are making a real difference, improving life chances and ensuring that more children get a better start in life.
The Fund is also helping to make voluntary organisations more sustainable in the longer term through its focus on building stronger partnerships, collaborative learning about approaches that have been proven to improve outcomes and effective evaluation techniques.
I’m delighted the Fund has been extended for a further year to continue the good work.
Final funding decisions were made by the CYPFEI/ALEC Fund Board. Chair of the Board and former National Head in Scotland of Children in Need Fraser Falconer said:
This fund continues to support more than a hundred third sector organisations to deliver the right support at the right time to those who need it most. Through it, thousands of children are getting a better start in life, vulnerable families are getting the support they need and young people and adults experiencing disadvantage are building skills and fulfilling their potential.