About the Families and Communities Fund

***The fund is closed to new applications.***

The Scottish Government’s Families and Communities Fund will run from April 2021 to March 2023, with up to £16m being available annually.

The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also incorporated) which deliver work of national significance in Scotland.

The fund will support the delivery of activities which contribute to improved outcomes for children, young people and their families through:

    • Delivery of prevention and early intervention
    • Providing parenting and family support
    • Supporting development of and maintaining positive healthy relationships
    • Contributing to positive and sustained support for children and young people to achieve their potential under the Getting it right for every child wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included)
    • Preventing adverse childhood experiences and providing trauma-informed support to people affected.
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The Families and Communities Fund will also support Community Learning and Development (CLD) through:

      • Prevention and early intervention through youth work and adult learning and community capacity building
      • Support to, and delivery of, lifelong, lifewide, learner-centred adult learning
      • Using asset-based approaches to work with young people, adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities

All applications must show a direct link to at least one National Outcome in Scotland’s National Performance Framework. The five National Outcomes that are most relevant to this fund are:

      • We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential
      • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
      • We are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
      • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination and
      • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally

Key dates for the fund

***The fund is now closed to new applications.***

Update 15 April 2020 – Further to the earlier announcements of the delay in announcing the results of the Families and Communities (FAC) Fund application process, due to the delay to the UK and Scottish budgets and the unprecedented challenges currently being faced by the third sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ministers have now taken the decision that they will extend the existing Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention & Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEI & ALEC) Fund until end March 2021 and that the Family and Communities Fund will now commence with effect from 1 April 2021 for a two year period, i.e. until 31 March 2023, in line with the original application process. Ministers hope to be in a position to confirm those organisations which have been successful in their applications to the Families and Communities Fund by the end of September 2020.

Update 27 March 2020 – Scottish Government hoped to confirm the results of FAC Fund applications by the end of March, with the fund commencing from 1 July 2020.  However, due to the unprecedented challenges currently being faced by the Third Sector as a result of the  COVID-19 pandemic, Ministers have taken the decision to delay any announcement of funding through the FAC Fund for a further three months.  Instead, Scottish Government will extend the current CYPEIF & ALEC Fund until September 2020, with the aim of ensuring that there is as little, additional, disruption to the sector as possible at this difficult time.

Update 14 February 2020 – The Scottish Budget 2020-21 is now progressing through the Scottish Parliament. Since the timing of the UK Budget delayed the publication of the Scottish Budget, the Families and Communities Fund will now start in July 2020.

The announcement of funding decisions for the Families and Communities Fund will be made after the budget process is complete. The amount available for the fund will be up to £12.5 million in year 1 and up to £16 million in years 2 and 3, dependent on the Scottish Parliament agreeing the budget.

Update 23 December 2019 – As a result of the delay to the UK Budget because of the UK election, and the knock on delay to the Scottish Budget, the Scottish Government has as yet been unable to make the announcement of which applicants will receive funding through the Families and Communities Fund. All applicants were sent an email letting them know this.

As soon as further information relating to the timing of the fund becomes available, this will be shared with all applicants via email.

Applying for Funding

***The fund is now closed to new applications.***


The key document that you should read to find out more about the fund is the criteria and guidance document which will help you understand the focus of the fund.

All applications must be sent to us using the online application form. You will also need to attach a budget breakdown to your application form.

These other documents are here to help you develop your application if you decide you would like to apply:


If you require any specialist assistance in completing your application form, please get in touch with us at facfund@corra.scot


Other Advice

You may also find it helpful to have a look at the Q&A section below.

The closing date for applications was 2pm on 24th September 2019. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted.

While our information sessions have now passed there is still lots of support available. One of our two webinar sessions was recorded and is available online here.

Any questions that we are asked about the fund that aren’t easily answered through existing information will be recorded and the answers shared on our website. Everyone will have access to the answers to all the questions we are asked at the information sessions or by email or phone.

If you have a specific question about the fund you can email us at facfund@corra.scot and we will be happy to help.

The past dates of our information sessions were:


We have developed a list of the additional questions we have been asked about the fund from 6th to 28th June. This  includes any questions we were asked at the information sessions or by email or phone. You can access the additional Q&A here.

Additional questions gathered between 11th to 31st July can be found here.