Voluntary Action Fund

Provides grants to assist voluntary projects in Scotland

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The Voluntary Action Fund is a long-established independent grant-making body which invests in voluntary organisations and community groups across Scotland.

Through their programmes they provide funding and support to a wide range of local and national organisations to tackle disadvantage, challenge inequality and build strong, safe communities.

VAF’s core work is making grants to the third sector.  Their grant programmes fall into two main categories: grants that VAF manages on behalf of other funders and grants that are open for application.  VAF currently manages the Equalities Fund, the Community Safety Programme, the Violence Against Women Programme and the Glasgow Third Sector Transformation Fund.

The Community Grant is aimed at Scotland’s small and often volunteer-led groups that make a vital difference to their communities. Their activities keep communities vibrant and encourage community empowerment and participation, providing essential local services whilst contributing to social capital, resilience and wellbeing.  

Groups with less than £25,000 income per annum can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for a wide range of activities or operational costs.  They expect to make around 40 grant awards.  The grant must be spent within 12 months.

Priority will be given to groups that work:

  • With health or disability issues;
  • For the benefit of people protected under the 2010 Equality Act (Age; Disability; 
    Race; Faith; Sex or Sexual orientation etc.);
  • With families and young people; and
  • With older people.

VAF is also particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy.

Applications for The Community Grant Programme 2014 – 15 are now closed.

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday, 9.00am – 4.00pm.


Suite 3, Forth House
Burnside Business Court
North Road
KY11 1NZ

Phone: 01383 620 780
Website: http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk
Email: info@voluntaryactionfund.org.uk

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