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Funding 2016-17

EQUALITY BUDGET FUNDING 2016-17

PROMOTING EQUALITY AND COHESION FUND AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS FUND

The Scottish Government’s Equality Unit is inviting applications to the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund and Violence Against Women and Girls Fund for 2016-17.  Both funds are competitive and applications will be assessed by the Scottish Government and the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) with final decisions to be made by Scottish Ministers.  There is no upper limit that projects can apply for, however, applicants are advised that this funding round is likely to be extremely competitive and no applicant is guaranteed funding.  Applications should therefore be moderate and realistic, and associated costs focused on the direct delivery of the project. 

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 March 2016.

If you have any queries on any aspect of the funding process, please contact VAF on 01383 620780 and ask to speak to a member of staff for the relevant fund.

Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF) 2016-17

The fund is for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.  The PECF is open to applications from third sector organisations which work with, or on behalf of, people who are disadvantaged due to the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. Priority will be given to projects who can demonstrate a strong track record of delivering effective local services.

Who can apply?

This is an open and competitive fund.  Funding is for a distinct and limited time period (up until 30 June 2017) and should not be used to replace core funding.  Third sector organisations with a legal status are eligible to apply, for example, charitable incorporated organisations, or organisations which will be incorporated by 1 July 2016, community interest companies, and social enterprises. 

Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Budget Form and Application Guidance Notes can be found here:

http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/equality-fund/2016-17-fund

Violence Against Women and Girls Fund (VAWGF) 2016-17

The VAWGF is for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. The fund aims to assist the development of measures to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls. These measures may include projects which build capacity in local partnerships to strengthen responses to violence and abuse, which deliver frontline services, or which focus on prevention and early intervention.

 Who can Apply?

The VAWGF is open to applications from third sector organisations with legal status for example, charitable incorporated organisations or organisations which will be incorporated at 1 July 2016, community interest companies and social enterprises.  Partnerships that include public sector bodies are also welcome to apply, as are individual public bodies.  Applications from third sector organisations that can demonstrate a record of effective and successful delivery of violence against women services are likely to be prioritised.  It is also essential that the work of the project is underpinned by a gendered analysis approach to violence against women.

Violence Against Women and Girls Fund Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Budget Form and Application Guidance Notes can be found here:

http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/violence-against-women/2016-17-fund

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICE FUND AND RAPE CRISIS SPECIFIC FUND

The Scottish Government’s Equality Unit is inviting applications  to the Children's Services Fund and Rape Crisis Specific Fund for 2016-17.  Both funds are open only to organisations currently funded by the Equality Budget.  Applications will be assessed by the Scottish Government and the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) with final decisions to be made by Scottish Ministers. 

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 March 2016.

If you have any queries on any aspect of the funding process, please contact VAF on 01383 620780.  

Eligibility Criteria, Application Forms, Budget Form and Application Guidance Notes for both funds can be found here:

http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/violence-against-women/2016-17-fund

Children's Services Fund (CSF) 2016-17

The sole purpose of the Children's Services Fund (CSF) 2016-17 is to provide direct support to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.  It is not for prevention work in schools, providing training to other organisations, or work with parents and carers/siblings/families.

Applications for this fund are invited only from those organisations currently receiving funding under the CSF 2015-16. Currently funded organisations need to be incorporated in order to be eligible for funding. If you are still in the process of incorporating, this process needs to be completed by 1 July 2016.

There is no upper limit set to the level of funding that can be applied for, however, applicants should note that the Equality Budget has remained static from 2015-16 to 2016-17, and it will not be possible to provide increases in funding without reducing the number of projects that the Scottish Government can support.  Applications should therefore be moderate and realistic, and associated costs focused on the direct delivery of the project. 

Rape Crisis Specific Fund (RCSF) 2016-17

The purpose of this fund is to ensure that organisations currently in receipt of funding under the RCSF 2015-16 can continue providing direct support to women. 

Applications for this fund will only be considered from the groups currently providing a rape crisis service in Scotland.  Each applicant can apply for a maximum of £50,000.