NOTE: The People and Communities Fund is currently closed for applications.
In February 2015, the Scottish Government announced additional funding of £5.6 million for the People and Communities Fund in 2015-16, increasing support for community-led regeneration throughout Scotland. This increases the fund from £9.4 million to £15 million in 2015-16 and will be used to help tackle poverty and inequalities in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities.
About the Fund
The People and Communities Fund (PCF) supports community organisations to grow and strengthen by delivering outcomes to meet and respond to the aspirations of their communities.
PCF consists of four different programmes of funding. These are:
Since its launch in 2012, the main grant element of the Fund has supported 156 community-led projects, with grant awards totalling £18.3 million. The support provided ranges from training/upskilling, volunteering and employability advice, to funding for a community facility, diversionary plus activities for young people and healthy eating initiatives.
What will it fund?
In 2015-16 there will now be £12.6 million available for the main grant element of the Fund, which forms a key part of our Regeneration Strategy, and will support Registered Social Landlords and other community anchor organisations, such as community development trusts, reinforcing our support for community-led regeneration.
This funding will focus on the promotion of social inclusion and tackling poverty, including the mitigation of welfare reform.
By delivering the services and projects that have been identified by the community as helping it achieve its outcomes this will make a real difference to people living in our most significant areas of disadvantage.
PCF is intended to enable projects or services to either become more self-sustaining or to deliver a lasting legacy for the local community. It is not available as a long-term source of funding for projects or services.
Future funding rounds will be announced on this website in due course.
10 February 2015