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Funding to help tackle poverty and inequality

Cost of living crisis: find out what help is available

Helping communities affected by COVID-19

As part of our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we announced an additional £350 million to help communities and local government respond to the crisis.

This includes:

  • a Food Fund to support those who would otherwise be unable to access food through the usual routes
  • a Wellbeing Fund to support organisations providing important services to people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic
  • a Supporting Communities Fund for community anchor organisations to help support local responses to the pandemic
  • Third Sector Resilience Fund to support third sector organisations that deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic 

To provide emergency funding to key national partners who identified an urgent need for support, we established an Immediate Priorities Fund which was drawn from both the Food Fund and Wellbeing Fund.

Our mapping tool shows how funding has been allocated across these four funds. Funding is shown by local authority area for each fund, based on total amounts awarded. Other information, including number of awards, is also set out. An overview map brings all this funding together, also showing the additional resource provided for the Scottish Welfare Fund and other ‘hardship funding’ monies for local authorities to spend on their own COVID-19 priorities. The overview map also shows funding by local authority level on a per capita basis.

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Note: These dashboards are provided for general information purposes only and use data from various sources. Due to the nature of the data, and the ongoing status of these funds, we cannot guarantee that at any particular instance it is complete, accurate or up to date.

We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling poverty and increasing social inclusion in our society.

So we have created a range of funding streams to help agencies and local communities tackle inequalities.

Empowering Communities Fund

The £20 million Empowering Communities Fund, established in 2015, enables communities to tackle poverty and inequality and take forward regeneration in their areas on their own terms. This helps communities find solutions that work for them and to deliver long-term improvements.

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

This £15 million Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund has been awarded to third sector organisations that tackle inequalities and poverty, support parents and carers, improve learning and build skills.

It replaced the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and Strategic Funding Partnerships and is designed to help children, families and communities across Scotland.

In September 2016 we commissioned research to help assess whether the overall vision for the fund is being achieved, and to help us make future decisions around this area of funding.

Progress

In September 2017 we published the first annual report of the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEI and ALEC) fund.

The annual report is included below, along with two case studies showing some of the programmes delivered by Peeple, one of the funded third sector organisations. .

The CYPFEI and ALEC Fund was established to support organisations to deliver activities which tackle inequalities and poverty, support parents and carers, improve learning and build skills, and was due to end in March 2021.

In light of the uncertainties associated with the continuing pandemic and the need for stability, Ministers have decided to extend the existing CYPFEI and ALEC fund for a further year until end March 2022.   

Ministers have taken this decision in light of the uncertainties associated with the continuing pandemic and the need for stability, taking the considered view that this is not the time for additional disruption. The CYPFEI and ALEC funded organisations continue to do good work in delivering for people across Scotland at a time when this is most needed.

Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund (CYPFAL)

The Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund opened for applications on 6 July 2022 and will close on 5 September 2022. See the guidance and application form for the fund on the Corra website

Third sector organisations supporting children, young people, families and adult learners are now able to apply for core funding from the new Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learners Third Sector Fund. The fund will provide up to £16 million for 2 years from April 2023. This is part of our commitment from the 2021 to 2022 Programme for Government.

This fund replaces the existing Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEI & ALEC), which launched in 2016.

Policy priorities

The fund focuses on providing core funding to those organisations who work towards delivering positive outcomes for children, young people, families and adult learners. These outcomes should focus on our policy priorities:

  • children, young people, families and adult learners affected by poverty
  • the Promise
  • implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • family support
  • mental and physical health and mental wellbeing
  • equalities and wellbeing

To be eligible for the fund applicant must be:

  • an organisation which either offers services in 4 or more Scottish local authority areas or represents and supports membership organisations who operate across 4 or more local authority areas
  • an organisation working in 1-3 Scottish local authority areas but that can demonstrate national significance or reach. Examples might include: operating an online system, service or phoneline, operating as a national centre of excellence or serving a niche community
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