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Section 10 Grant Funding Scheme

Section 10 funding is available 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.

2018-19 Section 10 Awards

Following an extensive review, the Section 10 Scheme will operate differently from 2018-19 onwards.

Organisations that wish to access this funding in 2018-19 should contact the policy team that deals with their area of interest directly. If you do not have an established policy contact in Scottish Government, please send any enquiries to the Section 10 Annual Grant Scheme mailbox. In future, relevant policy teams will deal directly with each organisation’s application and manage the evaluation cycle.

This new approach aims to reduce bureaucracy, support more effective engagement with stakeholders, and maximise the impact of the scheme on Scottish Government National Outcomes and agreed priorities.

The Section 10 funding available for 2018/19 has now been allocated in most policy areas of the Scottish Government. Organisations that wish to access this funding in 2019/20  should contact the policy team that deals with their area of interest directly.