Funding for social and community care

More than £1 million awarded to voluntary organisations.

More than £1 million has been awarded to voluntary organisations to help support and develop social and community care services in Scotland.

The allocation is part of the Section 10 grants scheme and together with on-going grants, brings current Scottish Government investment in the scheme to £2.82 million.

Disability Information Scotland is the recipient of the largest amount with an award of £120,000, supporting the Scottish Government priority of disability equality.

Three mental health charities – Penumbra, Support in Mind and Freedom from Torture have also been recommended for funding, accounting for £170,000 (18.8%) of the total available, reflecting the Scottish Government’s on-going commitment to mental health issues.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health said:

“I’m pleased to announce this latest round of funding for organisations which play such a crucial role in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“The work they do spans a range of issues but all of them make a huge difference in helping us build a healthier, more inclusive and fairer Scotland.

“So many of these charities and third sectors could not exist without the support of volunteers and I’d like to thank them all for the time they devote to improving the quality of life for thousands of people every day.”

Graeme Henderson, Director of Services and Development for Penumbra, said:

“Penumbra is delighted to receive Section 10 funding from the Scottish Government. The Section 10 funding supports us to participate in strategic activities; supporting the Scottish Government to implement its policies, in particular the new Scottish Mental Health Strategy. This is an important aspect of our work as we feel we bring a significant voice to this key area of government based on our experience in a wide range of activities in Scotland and further afield.”

Chair of Disability Information Scotland, Anne Hastie said:

“We very much appreciate the support of the Scottish Government which enables us to deliver a service to the most vulnerable citizens of Scotland.”

Background notes:

The Section 10 funding scheme is run annually, offering grants to support voluntary organisations running schemes that contribute to the Scottish Government’s priorities for social and community care.  Core funding for national organisations is usually awarded for three years, with project funding allocated for one, two or three years, and on a one off basis.

 The full break down of grants is as follows:



ARC Scotland – Scottish Transitions Forum              


Cruse Bereavement                                                       


Disability Information Scotland                         


Equal Futures Core                                            


Equal Futures Project                                         


Food Train                                                            


Freedom From Torture                                        


Hearing Link                                                         


Moira Anderson Foundation                             


MS Society                                                            


Pain Concern                                                       


Partners in Advocacy                                          






Scottish Autism 1                                                 


Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriage  


Scottish Cot Death Trust                                    


Scottish Recovery Consortium                         


Spina Bifida Scotland                                         


Support in Mind Scotland                                  


Tourettes Scotland – Project                              


Trust Rugby                                                          


Waverley Care                                                     





Section 10 funding is intended to fund national organisations, however an exception may be made where it is considered that funding for a local project is particularly innovative and of potential national significance.

Due to the restructuring of the Section 10 annual funding scheme, applications were limited to one year only this cycle. Normally, applications are received for funding over one or three years.

All applications have been assessed by policy teams against the criteria for grant funding and the Scottish Government’s priorities.


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