About the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund 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 (CYPFEI Fund & ALEC Fund).

The CYPFEI aspect of the Fund aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. 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 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 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 more year to 31st March 2020. You can read the announcement here. The Core Funding awards for 2019/20 have now been announced and to view the organisations being supported please click here. 

In December 2019, a decision was made by Scottish Government to extend the grants provided through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund by three months with a new end date of end June 2020. In March 2020 Scottish Government decided to extent the fund for a further three months to the end of September 2020. This extension has been offered to all grantholders of the Fund.

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 (2016/17) here. For year two (2017-18) we produced a two page summary review that can be found here. Our summary report for year three (2018/19) can be read here.

The report of the external evaluation of the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, published in November 2019, 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, June 2018 and June 2019.

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. To view the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund timeline of all activity planned for 2019-2020 please click here.

Forthcoming events:

Networking & Learning Exchange sessions
6th February 2020, Edinburgh

2020 Conference – Building Resilience
21st May 2020, Edinburgh (booking details to follow in due course)


Events delivered in 2019:

Introduction to fundraising – developing your understanding, 8th March Glasgow

2019 Conference – ‘Aspiration, Attainment and Wellbeing’ – 21st March Edinburgh . To view the story of the day please click on the image below. You can also view grantholders films from the ‘Corra Cinema’ here.

Wordcloud describing conference feedback

Networking & Learning Exchange session – Children’s Rights in a Third Sector context, May 29th Glasgow

Cyber Fundamentals for the Third Sector workshop, Aug 27th Edinburgh

Developing Good Partnerships workshop, Sept 13th Glasgow

Networking & Learning Exchange sessions – Managing Change in a Third Sector context, Oct 8th Edinburgh

Improving your fundraising from trusts, foundations & other grant makers workshop (advanced level), Nov 22nd Glasgow

Networking & Learning Exchange sessions – You Choose, Dec 12th Glasgow


What we delivered in 2018:

Our 2018 Annual Conference took place on the 15th March and was focused on ‘Evidencing Your Impact’. Please click here for details of the day.

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

Project Funding

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:

For further information about the Project Fund please contact the Corra Foundation’s CYPFEIF & ALEC fund team: sg@corra.scot.