About the Families and Communities Fund
The Scottish Government’s Families and Communities Fund will run from April 2020 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.
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.
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
- Applications must be received by 2pm on 24th September 2019. Only online applications received by this time will be accepted.
- We expect to be able to let everyone who has applied know the funding board’s decisions in mid-December 2019. We will contact every organisation individually to let them know whether they have been successful.
- The funding will start in April 2020.
- See the applying for funding section for information session dates.
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.
These other documents are here to help you develop your application if you decide you would like to apply:
You may also find it helpful to have a look at the Q&A section below.
Please remember that the closing date for applications is 2pm on 24th September 2019. If we have not received a final online application form by this time we will not be able to assess your application.
There are four information sessions to support you in making your application:
To book a place at one of the sessions, please click the appropriate link above.
We appreciate that there is less notice than you might have liked of the dates for these information sessions. We apologise for this. We weren’t able to publish the fund criteria earlier which meant we couldn’t publicise the dates.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to an information session. There is still lots of support available:
The information session we are running via a webinar will be recorded and you will be able to watch them at a time that suits you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
We are developing a list of the questions we have been asked about the fund and will share them here. This will include any questions we are asked at the information sessions or by email or phone. Everyone will have access to the same information.
- Getting it right for every child wellbeing indicators (GIRFEC)
- Scotland’s National Performance Framework.
- Glasgow on Tuesday 18th June at 1.30pm. (Now fully booked)
- Dundee on Monday 24th June at 1.30pm. (Now fully booked)
- Edinburgh on Wednesday 26th June at 1.30pm.(Now fully booked)
- Webinar on Thursday 27th June at 2.00pm. (Now fully booked)
- Webinar on Thursday 18th July at 1030am.
Application Guidance Documents
- Criteria and guidance document.
- Application guidance notes that explain what we are looking for in every section of the application form.
- Word template of the online form.
- Hints and tips to help you complete your online application.