The Promise Partnership Funding Announcement

By 14th December 2022 News

The Promise Partnership announces 29 organisations receiving funding of £5 million to think differently and challenge the way they work to #KeepThePromise.

The Promise Partnership has invested just over £5m through its current investment round, Keep the Promise. The aim of the Keep the Promise fund is to support the sector to think differently and challenge ways of working.

Keep the Promise fund has invested in 29 proposals that will explore, test and look at implementing solutions across three areas that pose critical challenges. All decisions made under the Promise Partnership are made by a decision-making panel who bring a range of professional skills and expertise as well as having 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.

Total investment of £5.024m has been split across £2.86m to help focus on a supportive workforce, £1.11m on a supportive school structure, and £1.04m for youth justice and rights. Investments through Keep the Promise have been made to both public and third sector organisations. Investments will also support seven Scotland-wide solutions as well as work being delivered in local areas across Scotland in 13 local authorities.  The full list of funded organisations is available to view online.

Corra Foundation Chief Executive Carolyn Sawers said:

It’s a privilege for The Promise Partnership to support organisations who seek to think and work differently to #KeepThePromise. We know that a supported workforce, a supportive school structure, and equity in youth justice and rights are critical challenges to #KeepThePromise. The Promise partnership is delighted to invest in 29 organisations to work towards addressing these challenges.”.

The Promise Scotland Chief Executive, Fraser McKinlay said:

“I would like to thank CORRA Foundation for their work in independently overseeing this latest round of funding from the Keep the Promise Fund and offer my congratulations to the successful applicants. The projects being supported will provide vital support for children, young people, families and workers in many communities across Scotland. The Promise Scotland looks forward to keeping close to the successful projects in the coming months and years, as we learn more about new ways of thinking and working to #KeepThePromise.”

Minister for Children and Young People Clare Haughey said:

“Our ambition is for all children to grow up loved, safe and respected so that they can reach their full potential.

We are determined to deliver The Promise by 2030 and this fund will provide valuable support to help organisations drive forward change that matters to children, young people and families.”


Notes to editors:

  1. Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a difference on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen.
  2. 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.
  3. To date the Promise Partnership has made total investments of £13.8m across five funds including Keep the Promise (Open Call, Diagnostic, Brothers and Sisters and A Good Childhood).
  4. In 2022 Scottish Government, appointed Corra to administer £12m through the Promise Partnership. The £12m investment is from December 2022 until March 2025.
  5. The Keep the Promise Fund opened in September 2022 for public and third organisations to apply for investment up to £250,000 over two years to explore and take forward bold solutions under one of three challenges:

A Supported Workforce

Young People and Families must get the care, protection and love they need to thrive. They must be supported by a workforce that is sufficiently supported, equipped and skilled, and which is responsive to the unique and individual needs of children, young people and families.

Supportive School Structure (Right to Education)

The Promise articulates that all children and young people with experience of care will receive support, opportunities, and a sense of belonging which allows them to thrive at school. There will be no barriers to their engagement with education and schools will know and cherish their pupils with experience of care.

Youth Justice and Rights

This challenge aims to focus on how Scotland makes the necessary shifts to reduce and prevent the criminalisation of children and young people with care experience. It focusses on work that aims to provide young people with care experience better access to alternative supports, rights-based trauma informed practice and justice.


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