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Section 10 Grant Funding Scheme

This grant scheme aims to assist voluntary organisations to develop social care services and promote social welfare in Scotland. The priorities for the funding are for organisations that promote or provide:

  • Person-centred and outcomes focused community care services
  • Collaboration and joint working amongst agencies and organisations to improve outcomes for service users
  • Good mental health and well being
  • Attention and support for those with dementia, their families and other carers
  • Help and support so that people can live independently in the community and improve quality of life
  • Support for carers and young carers
  • Co-production with users and carers in assessment and support planning as well as in the planning, development and delivery of services
  • Advice, advocacy, user led support, counselling and information services in relation to community care
  • Community capacity building

Voluntary organisations should not become over-dependent on public funds and should maintain their independence and freedom of action as far as possible, for example; through seeking to finance their activities from other sources either partially or wholly.

Project Funding

Project grants are normally for a maximum of three years and are not renewable. Consideration should be given to the sustainability for the funding of the longer term projects. Project grants are not available for existing projects whose funding from other sources has or will come to an end.

Project grants may be provided for:

  • National projects designed by voluntary organisations which test an innovatory idea of wider significance or which help to develop a particular pattern of service
  • Local projects which are innovatory and of potential national significance. Only on an exceptional basis will funding be made available for local service delivery organisations. Public sector funding for local bodies would be expected to come from other agencies, such as local authorities, NHS boards, local enterprise bodies and some non-departmental public bodies.

Core Funding

Core funding may be made to assist with the central administrative and other costs of national bodies whose activities constitute or include:

  • Providing community care services direct to client groups
  • Developing or sustaining the provision of such services by other organisations
  • Representing voluntary sector concerns in relation to community care issues
  • Representing the interest of persons in need of social work services
  • Promoting or sustaining general welfare objectives
  • Promoting voluntary social work activity and volunteering

Core funding is normally provided for a three-year period, subject to satisfactory performance during this period and compliance with conditions of grant. It may be renewed if an organisation has operated effectively during the preceding grant period; is continuing to contribute to the achievement of the Government's priorities; and if its financial position still warrants payment of the grant.

2017-18 Section 10 Grant Scheme Awards

Following an extensive rebranding and review, the 2017-18 Section 10 Scheme will open to applicants on the 16th September 2016 as normal and will continue in its present form for 2017-18 but will operate differently in future.  The new approach will transfer the funding previously used to policy programmes to ensure that outcomes are more closely aligned to current priorities when considering awards.

We are pleased to be able to support organisations in their important work with a further round of Section 10 grant funding.  In total, £2.7 million will be made available to organisations in new and existing awards in 2017-18.

Thereafter, the annual funding scheme will be aligned directly with policy programmes for a more joined up approach that will provide closer engagement with stakeholders, reduced bureaucracy, more impact on Scottish Government National Outcomes and Priorities, and increased value for public money.

Through the annual Section 10 funding scheme and successor arrangements, we will continue to provide important support to third sector organisations who are developing social care services and helping to create a healthier Scotland.

In order to ease the restructuring of the Section 10 scheme, the 2017-18 cycle will offer one year awards only, rather than the usual one or three year awards, to applicants.

Existing and past stakeholder organisations will be emailed on Friday 16th September with details of changes to the Section 10 (and Section 16b) Scheme as well as instructions for applying to the 2017-18 cycle.  Organisations that are not included in this correspondence can find an application form and a guidance document here.

The scheme closed to new applications on Wednesday 30th November and no further applications will be accepted for 2017-18.  Applications are currently under review and a decision should be issued by the end of February 2017.  

The lists of Section 10 Grant Scheme awards made since 2012-13 are available: