Third sector

Third sector core funding

We make funding available to the third sector to ensure that it can continue its vital work. In a nation with ambition: the Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-2018 and elsewhere we have committed to:

  • consolidating voluntary sector funding into single grant funds to provide greater clarity for applicants
  • ensuring a transparent and fair basis for the extension of core funding
  • seeking to extend three-year rolling funding where possible
  • introducing a system across government that highlights when funding is due to end, to provide greater clarity and enable better long-term planning

Third sector core budget

In 2017 to 2018 we maintained the previous year's third sector core budget of £24.5 million. We use the core budget to:

  • invest in the capacity of social enterprises across Scotland, as part of our 10-year strategy for social enterprise
  • support local and national third sector infrastructure, to help organisations with their work and to promote volunteering
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