£2 million project fund now open for applications

By 20th July 2016 May 8th, 2019 News

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Applications to the £2 million Children, Young People and Families and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Project Fund (CYFEIF and ALEC Fund) are now open.  The Scottish Government has made project funding available to the third sector to support preventative work with children, young people and families.  The project fund covers two years from April 2017 to March 2019 and will focus on projects that:

  • Promote parenting and family skills
  • Contribute to reducing the educational attainment gap
  • Improve life chances for looked after children
  • Improve the safety of children and young people

The CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund is already supporting 116 charities. In its first year (2016-17) the three year core fund will provide around £14 million to benefit thousands of children, young people and families.

This new project funding will strengthen the contribution of the third sector, enabling charities to deliver fresh, innovative and measurable approaches, beyond their core work.

Mark McDonald MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years said:

“Tackling inequality and creating opportunities for all are at the heart of this government’s ambition to create a fairer Scotland.  The third sector is vital in helping us achieve that ambition and this project funding will support charities to develop innovative ways of empowering children, young people, families and communities. I am confident that voluntary organisations will welcome the opportunity to apply for project funding and I look forward to hearing more about their work and ideas to improve the lives of families and communities across Scotland.”

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2016 with funding announcements expected at the start of 2017 for projects to begin in April 2017.

Corra Foundation is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer the project fund and will be running a series of information sessions. These will take place in:

Edinburgh – Friday 19 August 10.30am – 12pm

Aberdeen – Thursday 25 August 11am – 12.30pm

Glasgow – Friday 26 August 10.30am – 12pm


Two webinars will also take place in early August: Understanding Outcomes and Indicators; and an Introduction to Improvement Methodology.


To book a place at an event, or to register interest in a webinar please email sg@ltsbfoundationforscotland.org.uk or call 0131 444 4027.


Further information on the fund, including the application form, guidance notes, criteria and FAQs is available at: https://www.corra.scot/grant-programmes/cypfeif-alec-fund/

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