The Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund
About The Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund
The Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund (the Fund) is being made available by Scottish Government to provide core funding to organisations that improve outcomes for children, young people, families and adult learners through the following policy priorities:
- Child Poverty
- Mental and Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing
- Equalities and Wellbeing
- Family Support
- The Promise
The funding also has a particular focus on activities which are associated with prevention and early intervention.
Organisations will be asked to demonstrate how they meet any of the following criteria:
- Activity based on prevention and early intervention support for children, young people, families and adult learners, demonstrating engagement with the relevant Children’s Services Planning Partnership.
- Activity focused on lifting families out of poverty and/or improving their lives.
- Challenging and promoting action to prevent inequalities for children, young people, families and adult learners.
- Contributing to positive and sustained support for children and young people to achieve their potential using Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC).
- Intergenerational activities that support children and young people improved emotional development and social skills creating lasting benefits they can take forward in their lives.
- Promoting positive mental health and mental wellbeing for children, young people, families and adult learners.
- Providing holistic, whole family support in line with the National Principles of Holistic Whole Family Support.
- Providing support and promotion of healthy relationships in families, parenting, play and children and young people’s wellbeing and development.
- Supporting adult learning for adults and families who are experiencing poverty or at risk of entering/facing poverty.
- Supporting children and families to access their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and raising awareness of children’s rights under the Convention.
- Supporting children, young people, families and adult learners who are affected by substance use.
- Supporting children, young people, families who live with physical health conditions.
- Supporting person centred/co-production approaches for children, young people, families and adult learners.
- Supporting youth work opportunities for young people to mitigate the impacts of poverty.
- Supporting those who have experienced gender-based violence in their recovery from abuse.
The Fund will run from April 2023 to March 2025, with up to £16m available per annum. There will be one round of applications, with funding decisions made in December 2022 subject to the Spending Review, for funding that will begin in April 2023.
Applicants can apply for up to 100% of core funding provided applicants meet the required eligibility criteria and the funding applied for does not exceed total core costs as demonstrated in the budget breakdown form.
Key dates for the Fund
- Applications must be received by 3pm on Monday 5th September. Only online applications received by this time will be accepted.
- We expect to be able to let all applicants know the Scottish Government’s funding decisions in December 2022. All applicants will be contacted individually to let them know the outcome of their application.
- The funding will start in April 2023.
If you need any additional support to access any of the fund materials or to use the online application form, please contact us at CYPFALTSF@corra.scot or 0131 444 4020 and we will be very happy to help.
To be eligible to apply for funding, organisations must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Scottish charity registered on OSCR with a charity number and a legal personality.
- Must deliver and offer services that meet the policy priorities and deliver improved outcomes for children, young people, families and adult learners.
- Be considered to be a ‘national’ organisation or have ‘national significance’ by definition of:
- An organisation which either offers services in four or more Scottish local authority areas or is a membership organisation that represents and supports organisations that operate across four or more local authority areas.
- An organisation working in fewer than four Scottish local authority areas but that can demonstrate national significance or reach. Examples might include: operating a national online system for the purposes of sharing resources/best practice; a nationally available service or phoneline; operating as a national centre of excellence; or service a niche community. (Note that having a website that is accessible to anyone regardless of geography does not meet the definition of national significance or reach; you must be actively providing a national service.)
- Niche Community
- For the purposes of this fund, an organisation supporting a niche community would provide a service to a cohort of children, young people, families or adult learners who require a specific type of support that no other organisation can provide. In terms of location for example, an organisation who provides a service operating in a rural area of Scotland that supports a specific cohort of children, young people, families or adult learners and aligns with the policy priorities and criteria set out in this fund is eligible to apply for funding if there are no national organisations in the same local authority area(s) that deliver this work. Additionally, a service operating in an urban area that is supporting a specific community or cohort of children, young people, families and adult learners would also be eligible to apply for funding if there are no national organisations in the same local authority area(s) that deliver this work. (Note that we would not expect a local organisation serving a niche community to be awarded funding where they are affiliated to a national organisation.)
Applying for funding
The key document that you should read to decide if the funding is suitable for your organisation is:
- The Fund Criteria and Guidance to help you understand the focus of the fund and eligibility criteria.
There are other documents available to download below which will assist you in the application process:
- Guidance on completing the application form click here.
- Word template of the online application form click here.
- Core funding and budget breakdown template click here.
- Hints and tips for completing the online application form click here.
- Guidance on Setting and Reporting on Outcomes click here.
- Video on Guidance on setting outcomes for core work click here
- Reporting template for successful applicants click here.
If you are ready to begin your online application, please click here.
Support for applicants
There will be four online information sessions which will allow you to hear more about the funding and ask questions directly to staff for support. These will be held on Zoom and you can sign up by clicking any of the dates below:
- Wednesday 27th July – 2pm-3pm
- Thursday 28th July – 2pm-3pm
- Tuesday 2nd August – 1.30pm-2.30pm
- Wednesday 3rd August – 10am-11am
If you are unable to make any of the information sessions, you won’t be disadvantaged in any way. There is still lots of support available. We have five short videos which outline the focus of the fund, eligibility criteria, what can be funded, how to apply for the funding and what happens after decisions are made . These can be accessed on the links below:
Any questions that are asked about the fund will be recorded in our Q&A document which will be regularly updated and accessed.
An additional Q&A document from 4 August 2022 can be found by clicking here.
If you have a specific query about the Fund you can still contact us via e-mail at CYPFALTSF@corra.scot and we will be happy to help.
Other support to Third Sector organisations
- Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO)
- Business Gateway
- Community Enterprise
- Cranfield Trust
- Directory of Social Change
- 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
- TSI Directory (Third Sector Interface Scotland’s Network)