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Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Latest updates

Core funding for 2017-18 and outcomes of project funding competition announced

The core work of 117 voluntary organisations across Scotland will continue to be supported through £14m from the CYPFEI and ALEC Fund in 2017-18.  An additional £1m will be invested in 2017-18 in 30 new projects testing innovative new approaches or scale/spread/development of evidenced interventions.  More information can be found in this news release.

Evaluation of Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund – Baseline report

Scottish Government has commissioned a formative evaluation of the CYPFEIF/ALEC to assess whether the overall vision for the Fund is achieved and to help inform future decisions around this area of funding.  A Baseline report summarising the initial evaluation findings has now been published.

Read the full Baseline Report

Read the Research Findings paper

General information

The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund is allocating £14 million in 2016-17 to 118 voluntary organisations that tackle inequalities and poverty, support parents and carers, improve learning and build skills and will help thousands of children, families and communities across Scotland.
Read details of awards being made from the new Fund (with a subsequent decision to award £400,000 to The Spark, and £1.5m to Relationships Scotland)

Charities supporting children, families and adult learning have been invited to apply for a share of a new project fund that will award £2 million over the next two years.  This new element of the fund is designed to enable charities to bid for project funding that will allow them to deliver fresh and innovative ideas, beyond their core work.
Read the full news release on the new project funding


This Fund replaces the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and Strategic Funding Partnerships. Through these two funds, a total of £45 million was allocated from 2013-14 to 2015-16 to over 140 national voluntary organisations to support their work with children, young people, families, adults and communities. Evidence from these awards confirms that national voluntary organisations are delivering vital services that focus on prevention and early intervention and that make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people.

Examples of organisations supported under previous funding include Mellow Parenting that provides vulnerable parents with skills to form secure and positive relationships with their children, the Rape Crisis Scotland National Prevention Project that educates young people about positive and healthy sexual relationships and the Scotland Yard Adventure Centre that provides play and recreational activities to children with multiple and complex additional support needs.

As well as discussion with organisations through a Short Term Working Group to consider future funding mechanisms, the establishment of the new Fund followed the publication of the following reports: