The Promise Partnership

“The Promise Scotland is responsible for driving the work of change demanded by the findings of the Independent Care Review.” Learn more about The Promise Scotland.

The Promise Partnership offers funding and support to organisations and collaborations to #KeepThePromise and help drive forward change that matters to children, young people and families.


A Good Childhood 

The Promise Partnership – A Good Childhood is now closed. Decisions will be made in January 2022.

The Promise Partnership – A Good Childhood is an investment of circa £3.25m from the Scottish Government. It is intended to deliver change in-line with Scotland’s commitment to #KeepThePromise and ensure children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.

What’s this investment for?

The investment aims to build upon or put structures in place that will create the space to think, plan and co-design changes that ensure a Good Childhood.

The priority area of A Good Childhood covers eight actions across interconnected areas of work. This funding strand is open to any of the eight but will prioritise proposals with a focus on:

  • Relationships
  • Moving on
  • Youth Justice

Your proposal needs to reflect and consider what has to happen within your organisation, collaboration or local area to support a Good Childhood.

Please read the Good Childhood Criteria document before applying.

  • A maximum investment of up to £100,000 is available per proposal.
  • Applications can come from individual organisations or collaborations.
  • Organisations must first complete the ‘Checklist’ (see ‘Apply’ tab) which will confirm whether you are eligible to apply.

The Promise Partnership Advisory Group (details below) is helping to shape the process and the Decision Makers Panel, bring a range of skills as well as their own experience of the ‘care system.’



The Promise Partnership – A Good Childhood is now closed. 

Applications open: Wednesday, 27th October 2021

The closing date for applications is: Friday, 3rd December 2021

  1. Please read The Promise Partnership Supporting a Good Childhood Criteria and Guidelines.
  2. Please complete this ‘Checklist’ to assess whether you are eligible to apply. If you are eligible, you will receive a link which will take you to a short, online application.

Applications can be received from the public/private/third sector organisations throughout the system from across Scotland in recognition of a whole system approach to working.

If you are applying as a collaboration, there must be one lead partner who is the responsible lead applicant. We can only accept one application per organisation.

A Good Childhood - Important Pointers

Can you give examples of what will be supported?  You should detail how investment will be an enabler for systemic or infrastructure changes. This could include organisational cultures, changing practices, listening and planning, embedding participatory approaches to service/support re-design. It will be important that you tell us what long lasting improvements you aim to make and how it will help children, young people and families, including:

  • Maintain ongoing relationships that matter to children and young people throughout their life and ensuring they are supported to have time with people they care about.
  • Children, young people and families create happy and meaningful experiences and opportunities in their life (friendships, community activities and/or other hobbies).
  • Understand the needs of supporting children and young people within caring and loving families. By families we use the definition within The Promise recognising that some young people will choose their family.
  • Seamless connections for children, young people and families by offering consistency across services and support (health, housing, education, community).
  • Transitional points, ensuring each young person with care experience receives caring, consistent, and integrated support which is centred around their needs.

Who is eligible? Applications can be received from an individual organisation or collaboration. All applications must either be from the public/private/third sector. Organisations can be delivering in areas of the system that support children, young people and families in recognition of a whole system approach to working.

What can be funded? We expect the recipient to use funds to create the leadership capacity across the whole collaboration, including people you support, staff on the ground. This could include:

  • Backfill posts.
  • Salary costs.
  • External expertise (sense making of existing data/service redesign methodology).
  • Staff development/design days.
  • Testing ways of working.

You can use this investment to build upon funding you have previously received from the Promise Partnership ‘open call’ and the change this has supported to date. This new investment must focus on how it will help you support a Good Childhood.

This is not investment to support current service delivery (i.e., we can’t fund salary costs for staff who are delivering existing services).

We are unable to accept applications that are from:

  • Individuals
  • Propositions delivering outside Scotland
  • One organisation applying on behalf of another
  • Private sector organisations (who profit from caring for children and young people)

If you are forming a collaboration? Collaborations must be formed of at least two organisations (including the lead applicant). Throughout the process and period of investment, it is recognised that ideas will evolve, and other partners may be identified. Collaborations can be formed around a geographical area or clustered around a specific theme.

The collaboration must work with children, young people and families and be representative from both the public and third sector. All partners that form a collaboration need to ensure that:

  • Their organisation has made a public commitment to #KeepThePromise.
  • Can demonstrate their commitment to listening and working with children, young people and families.
  • Have the senior management commitment, staff willingness and organisation staying power to implementing service redesign.
  • Produce a Collaboration Agreement that outlines roles, dispute management and an equitable and proportionate distribution of actions and budget.

Is your organisation ready to apply? The ‘Checklist’ (see ‘Apply’) is used to determine if your organisation is eligible to apply.

Consider the following and answer honestly if you can:

Work collectively:

  • Commit to working with The Promise team, engaging in a package of support.
  • Willing to work collaboratively and think/work outside of organisation/local area.
  • Understand the current system, relationships, and awareness of theme/context, indicating what needs to shift.

Commit to Culture Change:

  • Buy-in from senior management on the steps necessary to implement change.
  • Support everyone in your organisation and collaboration to be brave and honest and work supportively and appreciatively with others.
  • Commit to working deeply, meaningfully, and supportively with care experienced people, children, and families.

Commit to Design, Delivery and Rights:

  • Care experienced children, young people and families are actively supported and enabled to meaningfully participate in systems and services design/redesign.

Alignment with The Promise and polices supportive of children, young people and families such as Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

What else is required from successful organisations? Within the Promise Partnership, The Promise Scotland will continue to develop the support offer to ensure that it is both relevant and proportionate to the needs of successful organisations. This will be detailed in the terms and conditions of your investment.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful? Unsuccessful applicants will be informed, and feedback provided.

How funding decisions are made

How are funding decisions made?

  • All applications are presented to a decision makers panel. The decision makers panel bring a range of professional skills and expertise as well as have lived experience of Scotland’s ‘care system’. The Panel are there to shape and design the decision-making process and review all applications against an agreed set of funding principles.
  • The funding principles, criteria and application materials for the Promise Partnership are shaped by an independent advisory group.
  • Lessons from previous funding rounds of the Promise Partnership are incorporated to help support the decision-making process.
  • Corra Foundation staff provide support and guidance to both the decision makers panel and Advisory Group.

The Promise Partnership Advisory Group is integral to shaping this process. Thank you to those involved, including:

  • Nicky Campbell, Kibble
  • Lynn Gillies, Fife Council
  • Joanne Glennie, Ypeople
  • Carly Glover, Jersey Cares
  • Marie Clare Tully, Columba 1400
  • Vicky Wan, (previously with Children In Scotland)
  • Alan Webb, Home-Start

Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters

Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters is now closed. Please find full list of awards below.


Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters was an initial investment of circa £500,000. Based on the quality and depth of proposals, the Decision Makers Panel agreed to increase the budget to approximately £1.4m. Grants of up to £200,000 have been allocated to help organisations understand more about local needs and gather evidence on what works to ensure relationships between brothers and sisters are cherished and protected.


Organisation, grant amount and Local Authority area:

Organisation Name Grant Amount Total Local Authority
Adoption UK, Scotland £98,000 Scotland-wide
Families Outside £196,904 Scotland-wide
Glenboig Development Trust £96,929 North Lanarkshire
North Ayrshire HSCP £140,000 North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire Education and Families £100,000 North Lanarkshire
Perth and Kinross Council £57,585 Perth and Kinross


Scottish Borders Council £160,000 Scottish Borders
Siblings Reunited (STAR) £200,000 Fife

Promise Partnership Round One Open Call Route

The Open Call Route is now closed. Please find full list of awards below.

Approximately £3m of this investment was administered as a catalyst for change through an open call route. Funding of up to £50,000 was allocated to help organisations create capacity, adapt approaches and work towards cultural shifts and collaboration across the care system‘, reflecting what is important to care experienced children, young people and families.

Organisation, grant amount and Local Authority area:

Organisation Name  Grant Amount Total Local Authority
Aberdeen City Council £50,000 Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire Council £50,000 Aberdeenshire
Aberlour £50,000 Scotland-wide
Action for Children £50,000 Scotland-wide
Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland £25,000 Scotland-wide
Adoption UK Charity £42,000 Scotland-wide
Argyll & Bute Council £50,000 Argyll & Bute
Articulate Cultural Trust £50,000 East Renfrewshire
Avenue Confidential £50,000 Aberdeen City
Barnardos £50,000 Scotland-wide
Children 1st £50,000 Scotland-wide
Children and Families Social Work Services, Dumfries and Galloway Council £50,000 Dumfries & Galloway
Church of Scotland Social Care Council (CrossReach) £50,000 Scotland-wide
Circle £20,000 Edinburgh City
Clackmannanshire Council £50,000 Clackmannanshire
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar £50,000 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
Community Law Advice Network £50,000 Scotland-wide
Community Volunteers Enabling Youth Project (COVEY) £50,000 South Lanarkshire
Cyrenians £50,000 Edinburgh City
Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust £40,000 Edinburgh City
East Ayrshire Council £50,000 East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire Council £50,000 East Dunbartonshire
East Lothian Council £50,000 East Lothian
East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership £50,000 East Renfrewshire
Educating Through Care Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
Falkirk Children’s Commission £50,000 Falkirk
FCA Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
Foster Care Connect £41,000 Scotland-wide
Fostering People Scotland £30,000 Aberdeen City
Glenboig Development Trust £35,000 North Lanarkshire
Harmeny Education Trust Limited £50,000 Scotland-wide
Home-Start UK £50,000 Scotland-wide
HUB for SUCCESS £50,000 Edinburgh City
Includem £50,000 Glasgow City
Inspiring Scotland £40,000 Scotland-wide
Inverclyde HSCP £50,000 Inverclyde
JMT Fostering £25,000 Scotland-wide
Kibble Education and Care Centre £50,000 Renfrewshire
Moore House Group £20,000 Scotland-wide
Moray Council £50,000 Moray
North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership £50,000 North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire Council £50,000 North Lanarkshire
Orkney Islands Council £50,000 Orkney Islands
ProjectChange £30,000 Edinburgh City
Quarriers £50,000 Scotland-wide
Renfrewshire Council £50,000 Renfrewshire
Resilience Learning Partnership £50,000 Clackmannanshire
Rossie £50,000 Angus
Safe Families £50,000 Edinburgh City
Scottish Adoption Association £25,000 Edinburgh City
Scottish Attachment in Action £15,000 Scotland-wide
Scottish Borders Council £50,000 Scottish Borders
Scottish Mentoring Network £30,000 Scotland-wide
SIC £50,000 Shetland Islands
South Ayrshire Council £50,000 South Ayrshire
St Margarets Children and Family Care Society £50,000 Glasgow City
Staf £50,000 Glasgow City
Stirling Council £50,000 Stirling
The Fostering Network in Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
The Good Shepherd Centre £50,000 Renfrewshire
Volunteering Matters £50,000 Edinburgh City
West Dunbartonshire HSCP £50,000 West Dunbartonshire
West Lothian £50,000 West Lothain
Who Cares? Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
YMCA Edinburgh SCIO £10,000 Edinburgh City
Young Scot £16,000 Scotland-wide
Ypeople £50,000 Scotland-wide

Promise Partnership Round One Diagnostic Route

Please find full list of awards below.

£915,000 was allocated to help drive forward big ideas that will #KeepThePromise and contribute to the Change Plan. This was an invite only application process – the process of identifying potential organisations for invitation took into account scalability, transferability, connectivity of ideas and having made a commitment to #KeepThePromise.

Organisation and grant amount:

Aberlour Scotland-wide


Dundee City Council £200,000


Inverclyde HSCP £200,000


Fife Council £ 200,000


Shetland Islands Council £140,000


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