Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme

The Housing Voluntary Grant Scheme gives funding to voluntary projects that will benefit people in Scotland.

Who can apply

Grants for existing services are available for national organisations. These services must have:

  • demonstrated that they work
  • provided valuable services over a number of years

For the purposes of this grant scheme, the definition of national is an organisation whose operations cover most, if not all, of Scotland. Local organisations can apply as part of a partnership to achieve this national coverage.

Funding for new or innovative projects with the potential to benefit Scotland as a whole is open to both local and national organisations.

Awards can be made for core funding, specific projects or a mix of both. If it is a new project it must also be able to be rolled out nationally within three years.

Grant applications for 2017 to 2018 are now closed. To apply for a grant in 2018 to 2019, call Daniel Hepplewhite on 0131 244 4767 or email HVSG@gov.scot. The scheme is reviewed annually, and is subject to funding being made available by Ministers.

Latest organisations to receive funding from the scheme

Organisation Amount Location Project Summary
Age Scotland £115,500 Edinburgh To provide housing information and advice to older people. To contribute to SG policy development around older people's housing & fuel poverty.
CRISIS £53,993 London Project to ensure that those housed in shared tenancies have a sustainable, affordable and a high standard property to call home.
Housing Support Enabling Unit £116,000 Edinburgh HSEU is a key partner in implementing SG policy on housing support including managing the Better Futures outcomes tool.
Legal Services Agency £43,944 Glasgow To provide legal advice on repossessions, and representation at court for those threatened with repossession, to provide advice and training to other agencies on repossessions legislation.
Move On Ltd £25,000 Edinburgh Project that assists young people at threat of homelessness through peer support.
Housing Options Scotland £248,000 Edinburgh Project provides bespoke housing options and advice services for disabled people, older people and veterans.
Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living £70,000 Glasgow Operation of Homes2Fit, a database matching disabled people to suitable adapted housing.
Positive Action In Housing £53,000 Glasgow A casework service to provide free advice and information to people from BME, refugee, asylum seeker and new migrant communities.
PATH Scotland £85,750 Glasgow Training and Education Programme for BME/Refugee communities plus after care support to trainees.
Say-Women £64,830 Glasgow Increase awareness of the needs of survivors of childhood sexual abuse amongst housing and support organisations.
Scottish Churches Housing Action £59,000 Edinburgh Project supports a range of services and activities including training for volunteers involved in local starter packs projects and befriending networks.
Scottish Refugee Council £132,000 Glasgow The project offers new refugees the opportunity to rebuild their lives in Scotland by offering a personalised; outcomes based service which promotes individual independence.
Scottish Women's Aid £72,345 Glasgow Project focusses on tackling and preventing homelessness for women who are victims of domestic abuse.
Homeless Action Scotland £168,000 Edinburgh Facilitates national homelessness networks and National Homelessness and Employability co-ordinator.
Shelter Housing Law Service £183,868 Edinburgh To provide access to specialist legal expertise and representation on housing issues across Scotland
Scottish Homelessness Involvement Empowerment Network (SHIEN) £49,359 Glasgow Project promotes service user involvement and helps professionals make better use of the assets and expertise of the people using their services.
Tenant Information Service (TIS)/Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) (joint application) £109,000 Glasgow Contributes to continued development of tenant empowerment through Scottish Housing Regulator and the implementation of the Scottish Social Housing Charter.
Total £1,649,589