The Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

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About the Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Corra Foundation is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund (CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund).
The CYPFEIF aspect of the Fund aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. The key components of the CYPFEIF Fund are:
  • Promote the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators and the implementation of the UNCRC.
  • Delivery of prevention and early intervention activities.
  • Improving parenting capacity and family support.
The ALEC element of the Fund supports third sector organisations to deliver outcomes that improve opportunities for adult learning and
building community capacity. The primary objectives of the ALEC fund are:
  • Prevention and Early Intervention through adult learning and community capacity building.
  • Supporting the delivery of lifelong, learner-centred adult learning as outlined in the Adult Learning in Scotland Statement of Ambition.
  • Using asset based approaches to work with adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities.

Core Funding

Core Funding awards were first announced by the Scottish Government in December 2015, with £14 million allocated to third sector organisations. An additional announcement was made in December 2017 to confirm the core funding awards for 2018/2019. To view the organisations being supported through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Core Fund 2018/19 click here.  In March 2018 Scottish Government announced that the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund would be extended for one more year to 31st March 2020. You can read the announcement here. 
The work supported through the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund aligns with Scottish Government priorities across nine different policy areas.
Working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Corra Foundation administer the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund and support the funded organisations with the delivery of their work. To ensure links between on the ground practice and policy developments all core funded organisations have a lead policy contact within the Scottish Government or Education Scotland.
You can read the full report on the first year of the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017, here. For year two, 2017-18, we have produced a two page summary review that can be found here.
Organisations in receipt of core funding have the opportunity to engage in the Support and Engagement programme, you can read details about the programme in the next section.
We have carried out a customer satisfaction survey each year with the core funded organisations, you can view a summary of the survey responses here for June 2017 and June 2018.

Support and Engagement Programme

As a grant-making organisation, Corra Foundation works hard to deliver more than just funding. Through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, organisations receiving core funding have the opportunity to engage in our Support and Engagement programme.
The programme aims to support organisations and their staff team to deliver their work successfully, make a positive difference to those they work with and support and also strengthen the Third Sector to increase the effectiveness of services and policies that prioritise prevention and early intervention.
This programme includes:
  • learning and development workshops;
  • networking and learning exchange sessions;
  • 1-2-1 organisational support;
  • information and resource sharing;
  • an annual conference.
A detailed overview of the programme can be found here.

Recent and forthcoming events:

Our 2018 Annual Conference took place on the 15th March and was focused on ‘evidencing your impact’.
“I thought the Drama from the young mums’ service was amazing. Great to have people supported by services involved and showcase their positive work.”
“I think the roundtable presentations were really good.  I think more time could still be given to organisations sharing who they are and what they have been doing with each other – there is so much interesting and inspiring work happening across the organisations.”
Networking & Learning Exchange sessions May 23rd and Nov 29th Edinburgh; June 28th and Dec 11th Glasgow
Leading for a Lasting Difference sustainability workshop Aug 28th Edinburgh
Digital tools for demonstrating impact workshop Sept 18th Glasgow
Intermediary Organisations – Evidencing Outcomes Sept 19th Glasgow and Oct 24th Edinburgh
Income Generation – exploring new funding streams workshop Nov 22nd Edinburgh
To view the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund timeline of all activity planned for 2018-2019 please click here.

Project Funding

Thirty organisations aiming to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Scotland have been awarded project funding. These projects will be delivered between April 2017 and March 2019. To view the full list of organisations receiving Project Funding through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Project Fund 2017-19 click here.
The Project Funding focusses on the following four key areas of early intervention and prevention:
For further information about the Project Fund please contact the Corra Foundation’s CYPFEIF & ALEC fund team:


CYPFEIF & ALEC Newsletters

Click here for an archive of all our CYPFEIF & ALEC newsletters.

CYPFEIF & ALEC Resources

Click here for a collection of useful resources.

Funding Support

Click here to go to Funding Scotland’s page.

Organisational Support

Click here for a list of support for Third Sector organisations.


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Get in touch

To contact the CYPFEIF & ALEC fund, please contact:
Phone: 0131 444 4020
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