£600,000 cash pot boost for women’s groups in Scotland

Funding boost is open to women's groups

Funding boost is open to women's groups

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The Women’s Fund for Scotland is inviting applications to a new grant making programme from community organisations across the country who empower women and girls to reach their full potential.

This significant boost to funding has allowed the Women’s Fund for Scotland to extend its grant making.

Whilst retaining its existing small grants programme, which distributes grants of £500 to £2000, the WFS is introducing a multi-year large grants programme – up to £30,000 over three years.

It has also removed the cap of £250,000 on annual turnover to allow charities and community groups of any size to apply.

Shona Blakeley, WFS development manager, said: “This is a huge opportunity for us to extend our reach and fund even more community groups working with women and girls across Scotland.

‘‘We hope the significant increase in funding will lead to a growth in the number and range of applications.

‘‘We are keen to identify community based groups who haven’t applied before as well as continuing to support organisations we know are having a major impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today.

‘‘By removing the £250K income cap we also hope to attract more applications from larger organisations doing amazing work within their communities.”

Applications can be made using a simple online process on the Foundation Scotland website. The first deadline is June 28 this year.

The large grants programme is a two stage process, which requires completion of a short enquiry form.

This will be reviewed by Foundation staff and if it meets relevant criteria, groups will be invited to make a full application.

Final decisions for all applications will be made by the Foundation Scotland grants panel and the first awards will be made in September.

Applications must meet at least one of four investment themes: Building skills and confidence, improving health and well-being, building social networks and moving on from violence.

More detailed information for applicants is available on the Women’s Fund page on the Foundation’s website www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/womens-fund-for-scotland/.

To apply visit https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/womens-fund-for-scotland/.

For more information on the work of the Women’s Fund for Scotland visit http://www.womensfundscotland.org/.