Scottish Veterans Fund awards

Funding shared between 19 projects.

In excess of £1 million has now been awarded to veterans and ex-services charities across Scotland.

The milestone comes as a further £315,591 of grant funding has been allocated to 19 projects, including a contribution of over £148,000 from Standard Life.

Visiting Lothian Veterans Centre in Dalkeith, which has been awarded £36,000 over two years and supports projects across the Lothians, Veterans Secretary Keith Brown said:

Veterans are an asset to our society and deserve the best possible care and support. That is why I am delighted to announce that the Scottish Veterans Fund has now provided some £1.1 million to a host of veterans and ex-service charities.

“The latest award of over £315,000 will support excellent projects that promote employment, social inclusion, health and wellbeing for veterans and their families. I am particularly grateful for Standard Life’s valuable support, enabling us to expand the Fund to support more projects, such as Lothian Veterans Centre.

“Our Veterans Fund is making a real difference to the lives of veterans in Scotland and we hope to attract further investment to boost the Fund’s capacity for future years.”

Sandy MacDonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life said:

“As part of our ongoing commitment to helping armed forces veterans make the difficult transition from military to civilian life, it is a genuine privilege for us to be able to support this initiative, and the projects that have been selected. We know from our own experience of employing armed forces veterans, the unique skills and experience they bring with them can be of huge advantage to employers, as well as to the wider community.”


Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund has invested £1.129 million to 134 projects since 2008. The funding allocation was awarded following consideration by the new Scottish Veterans Fund panel chaired by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner.


The full list of successful bids is as follows:





RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity

£66,352 over 3 yr

Employment advice service


£39,522 over 1 yr

Employment service for veterans on short term prison sentences

Lothian Veterans Centre

£36,000 over 2 yr

Roll-out of pop up veterans cafes across the Lothians


£30,000 over 2 yr

Dementia care nursing

New Start Highland

£27,000 over 3 yr

Skills and employment support

The Capital City Partnership

£22,800 over 2 yr

Skills and employment support for young veterans in Edinburgh & Lothians


£14,400 over 1 yr

Employment advice service

Combat Stress

£11,760 over 1 yr

Community Occupational Therapy workshops for veterans with mental health conditions

Macrobert Arts Centre

£10,360 over 1 yr

Creative projects, including theatre performance, workshops, socials and teacher training

SSAFA / Glasgow’s Helping Heroes

£10,000 over 2 yr

Glasgow’s Veterans United – fitness training, health and nutritional education

Thistle Health & Wellbeing

£9,899 over 1 yr

Resilience and development courses

Support in Mind Scotland (National Schizophrenia Fellowship)

£8,447 over 1 yr

Veterans Liaison Officer to support veterans with mental health issues

Veterans Scotland

£7,800 over 1 yr

Roadshows and briefings to local authorities on veterans’ needs

Horseback UK

£7,500 over 1 yr

Therapeutic rehabilitation of veterans through horsemanship

Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach

£5,811 over 1 yr

Yoga and meditation workshops

King’s Church, Motherwell

£5,200 over 1 yr

Veterans drop-in centre

Scottish Veterans Residences

£2,400 over 1 yr

Healthy life advice for veterans who have been homeless

Lady Haig Poppy Factory

£2,000 over 1 yr

Educational visits for schools

First Base Agency

£1,340 over 1 yr

Development of Carnsalloch Walled Garden, Dumfries & Galloway


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