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Scottish Veterans Fund

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) has allocated over £1.5 million of funding to more than 170 projects.

The fund is aimed at supporting those projects that will help armed forces veterans and their families to overcome any disadvantage experienced as a result of service. This is achieved through the provision of advice and support in areas ranging from employability and housing support to befriending and wellbeing, as well as those projects supporting veterans and their families to achieve a successful transition to civilian life.

In 2017 the Scottish Government welcomed Standard Life Aberdeen as a partner in the Fund. We have committed our support to the fund until 2022 to 2023.

The organisations that have been successful in the 2020 to 2021 bidding round are:

Lothian Veterans Centre

To run a weekly lunch club for older veterans which will support veterans’ social inclusion and health and wellbeing.



To employ a part-time Operations Co-ordinator to assist veterans with transport needs and enable the charity to extend its reach.


Lothian Veterans Centre

To provide a drop-in assistance service for veterans needing urgent support on housing, health, employability and welfare and benefits.


Royal Caledonian Education Trust

To provide activity respite breaks for young carers with a veteran parent.


Scottish Veterans Residences

To provide activities to increase veterans’ physical and mental health and wellbeing.


The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

To provide training for My Guide volunteer and veteran service user partnerships.



To employ a Support Worker to provide veterans with support on housing, welfare and benefits, and education and employment skills.


Veterans Garden Dumfries

To allow veterans and their families opportunities to tackle social isolation through outdoor gardening activities.


Garelochhead Station Trust

To employ a part-time Development Worker to provide veterans and their families with activities to tackle social isolation.


Royal British Legion Industries – Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co.

To offer volunteering and employment opportunities for veterans in order to provide them with skills to gain long term employment.


Support in Mind

To offer support to veterans and their families affected by mental ill-health.



To use football as a means of improving veterans’ health and wellbeing whilst tackling social isolation.



To employ a Support Worker to assist veterans and their families in the West of Scotland with gaining employment.


Mindfulness Scotland

To provide therapeutic support for veterans facing mental ill-health.


Defence Medical Welfare Service

To support veterans facing physical and mental ill-health in accessing statutory and third sector support.


The Scottish Veterans Fund is administered by Veterans Scotland. Contact details are as follows for further information on the Scottish Veterans Fund scheme:

Email: office@veteransscotland.org.uk

Telephone: 0131 550 1569

Veterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
EH7 4HR 


Email: michael.sim@gov.scot 

Michael Sim
Defence Policy Unit
St Andrews House