Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund
Please note this fund is closed to new applications
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 ALEC element of the Fund improves opportunities for adult learning and builds community capacity. Funding awards were split between core funding lasting five years and project funding lasting two years.
The key components of the CYPFEI 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 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.
The work supported through the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund aligns with Scottish Government priorities across nine different policy areas:
- Parenting, Play and Family Support
- Early Learning and Childcare
- Looked After Children
- Children’s rights and well-being
- Child protection
- Child Health
- Adult Learning and Empowering Communities
- Youth work
- Gender based violence
Core funding awards were first announced by the Scottish Government in December 2015, with £14 million allocated to third sector organisations as the first year, 2016/17, of a three year programme. In March 2018 Scottish Government announced that the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund would be extended for one year to 31st March 2020. In April 2020, an announcement was made that the fund would be extended another year till end March 2021, due to the unprecedented challenges faced by the third sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2020, a further announcement was made that due to these ongoing challenges this fund will now continue until the end of March 2022.
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.
Each year, Corra produces a report summarising achievements of the Fund. These can be found below:
A baseline was commissioned in 2016 to enable evaluation of the Fund.
An external evaluation of the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund was published in November 2019.
As a grant-making organisation, Corra Foundation works hard to deliver more than just funding. Through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, organisations 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.
An outline of what’s on offer can can be found here.
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 timeline of the our Support and Engagement programme along with key dates for grant management can be found below:
- Co-production during COVID-19 & beyond: opportunities & challenges – 26 August 2020, online
- Annual Conference ‘Building Resilience’ – 10th September 2020, online
- Annual Conference – 4 February 2021
Useful resources from past events including workshops, learning exchanges and conferences can be found here.
Please note that these events are only open to funded organisations and therefore invite only.
Through our Support and Engagement programme, we produce and gather a wealth of useful resources on a variety of topics. These include presentations, videos and links to useful reading, and are all free to use.
Other support to Third Sector organisations
- Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO)
- Bold Marketing
- Business Gateway
- Community Enterprise
- Cranfield Trust
- Directory of Social Change
- Education Scotland
- Evaluation Support Scotland
- Forth Sector Development
- Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise Zone
- Iconic Consulting
- Inspire 2 Enterprise
- Inspiring Impact
- Institute of Fundraising Scotland
- Just Enterprise
- Scottish Community Development Centre
- SCVO (The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations)
- Social Enterprise Academy
- Wren and Greyhound / The Lasting Difference
Thirty organisations aiming to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Scotland were awarded project funding. These projects were delivered between April 2017 and March 2019. To view the full list of organisations which received Project Funding through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Project Fund 2017-19 click here.
The Project Funding focussed on the following four key areas of early intervention and prevention:
- Promoting parenting and family skills as set out in the National Parenting Strategy.
- Contributing to reducing the attainment gap through early/family learning and out of school approaches.
- Improving life chances for looked after children.
- Improving the safety of children and young people.
For further information about the Project Fund please contact the Corra Foundation’s CYPFEIF & ALEC fund team: firstname.lastname@example.org.