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. Subsequently in March & April 2020, due to the unprecedented challenges faced by the third sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scottish Government decided to extend the fund further. The CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund will now end on 31st March 2021. This extension has been offered to all grantholders of the Fund.

The list of grantholders for 2020/21 can be found 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 (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.

Our 2020-21 programme is underway. An outline of what’s on offer can can be found here and a timeline of the fund can be found here.

Forthcoming events for fund year 2020/21:

Series of three sustainability workshops (online)
Session 1: Reaching the next horizon (27 May 2020, 10am to 12.45pm)

Session 2: Developing the capabilities (9 June 2020, 10am to 12.45pm)

Session 3: Following the exit signs (25 June 2020, 10am to 12.45pm)

An e-invitation was sent on Monday 4th May to all lead contacts for this fund.

2020 Conference – Building Resilience
10th September 2020, Edinburgh (booking details to follow in due course)

Events delivered in 2020:

Making fundraising from trusts, foundations & other grant makers work for your organisation (three webinars) – 25th & 27th March 2020, Online

Networking & Learning Exchange session – Corporate Partnerships and your organisation
6th February 2020, Edinburgh

Useful resources from these events and others we have delivered in the last years can be found here.

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.