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Third Sector Early Intervention Fund

Supporting third sector organisations to deliver national outcomes
Area:
Scotland
Funding size:
£10,000 - No maximum
Total available:
£20 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What’s it all about?

 

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Applications to the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund closed on 1st February 2013. Over 400 applications have been received, totalling around £73.5M in requested funding.

The Third Sector Early Intervention Fund is a new £20 million programme being run by Big Fund (the non-Lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund), for the Scottish Government.  The funding will support third sector organisations to deliver national outcomes relating to children and young people, and the families and communities that support them. The Scottish Government’s national outcomes can be found by following this link

The Scottish Government recognises that third sector organisations need a range of resources and support to contribute effectively to improving those outcomes.

The Scottish Government is committed to changing the way services in Scotland are delivered. A key way to improve outcomes for children and young people, and the families and communities that support them is to shift from acute or crisis work to early intervention and prevention.

The contribution of the third sector to this change can be strengthened by having strong infrastructure organisations, excellent support to local organisations, and the chance to test creative approaches or roll out effective work.

This programme therefore has two strands across which the £20m will be split:

  • Strand one: Investing in organisations (around £14m available) – will invest in organisations that can improve policy and practice nationally, and provide support for organisations delivering services to children and young people, and the families and communities that support them.
  • Strand two: Investing in projects (around £6m available) – will fund creative approaches working directly with children and young people, and the families and communities that support them, which focus on prevention or intervening at an early stage.

What are we looking for?

We want to invest in organisations and projects that bring about the following outcomes:

For strand one, applications must meet one or both of the following outcomes:

  1. National, strategic and infrastructure organisations can contribute more effectively to national policy and practice relating to children and young people, and the families and communities that support them.
  2. Intermediary and umbrella organisations are able to deliver more effective and sustainable services to their members working in the field of children and young people, and the families and communities that support them.

For strand two, applications must meet the following outcome:

  1. Children and young people, and the families and communities that support them, have greater access to effective services which take a preventative or early intervention approach.

Who can apply?

Only third sector organisations can apply to the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund.

Strand one: Investing in organisations

This strand will support organisations able to make a difference at national level, such as:

  • national delivery organisations
  • intermediary and umbrella bodies
  • organisations with a strong strategic contribution to national work.

Strand two: Investing in projects

Any third sector organisation delivering services directly to children and young people, and the families and communities that support them may apply to this strand.

It will fund innovative approaches to direct delivery and successful applications will have a clear focus on prevention or intervening at an early stage.

What can you apply for?

Strand one: Investing in organisations

Strand one is intended to provide funding to help organisations develop their capacity to deliver national outcomes and priorities effectively. This can include core costs for example, staff salaries, premises and other running costs like insurance, HR and governance.  It can also fund the costs associated with expanding your core capacity.

Through strand one, we can make a strategic contribution to core organisational costs.

Strand two: Investing in projects

Strand two is intended to fund direct delivery of services. By ‘direct delivery of services’ we mean costs associated with delivering activities including staff salaries, materials and equipment, volunteer expenses, travel costs and a proportion of overheads.

Through strand two, we can fund up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

For both strands, funding length can be between 18 months and two years and all funding must be spent by applicants by March 2015.

Tags

Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation

Themes

  • Children and young people

Beneficiaries

  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families
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