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Early Action System Change

Tackling the root cause of inequality by helping local organisations collaborate to make the shift towards early action
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Funding size:
£300,000 - £1 million
Total available:
£7.5 million
Application deadline:
02/10/2017 12:00:00

What's it all about?

The Early Action System Change fund closed to expressions of interest at 12 noon on Monday 2 of October.

This fund was developed to help make a fundamental shift towards effective early action in Scotland. An early action approach aims to build a society that prevents problems from occurring rather than one that copes with the consequences. It also means changing the systems of services and support that are in place now. We will make a small number of grants that help organisations come together to do this.

We are interested in overall system change and the particular areas where there are opportunities to act earlier.

The grants will fund change programmes that bring together people and organisations from the voluntary and public sectors to plan for the future and collaborate to make early action central to their work. This change should fully involve the people who benefit from and participate, and those who work to deliver support and services.

We have focused on three areas where we believe there is an opportunity to make a significant impact in the next five years. These are:

  • Healthy diet and active lifestyle
  • Children, young people and families
  • Women and criminal justice.

Proposals are being consider based on how they can deliver change in a definable geographic area, which could be as large as a local authority or as small as a single city neighbourhood or district.

Expressions of interest to this fund closed on Monday 2 October 2017. We received a very high number of expressions of interest, and will do our best to inform all applicants whether they are being invited to make a full proposal by January 2018.

The key dates for the fund are as follows:

  • 19 January 2018: applicants informed of whether they are being invited to make a full proposal on the basis of their expression of interest
  • Early March 2018: invited applicants present their proposal at a formal interview
  • March 2018: Applicants informed of final decisions.

Who can apply?

We welcomed applications from partnerships and organisations working in collaboration with others, and aim to fund applications with an element of both public and third sector involvement.

Applications were accepted from a wide range of statutory and constituted voluntary organisation types, but not from sole traders or individuals.

What can you apply for?

We can fund revenue and overhead costs. While not exhaustive, examples of the types of activities we expect to fund include: research and evaluation costs; salaries; community/service user engagement; gathering baseline data and small scale test and learn pilots (as part of a wider project). We will fund capital costs for the purchase of essential equipment but this should be a small proportion of the funding requested.

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