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Scottish Veterans Fund

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) has allocated over £1.4 million of funding to more than 150 projects. 

The purpose of the fund is to support veterans and their families to achieve a successful transition to civilian life and is aimed especially at projects that are attempting to deliver a new or innovative approach to veterans’ issues.

In 2017 we partnered with Standard Life Aberdeen to commit £600,000 over three years to supporting veterans organisations in Scotland through the SVF.

In 2019-2020 we will jointly grant £100,000 to seven new projects across Scotland to combat loneliness and social isolation, support improved employment outcomes and provide wider support:

Organisation Project Award

Scottish Veterans Residences

Combat loneliness and isolation of veterans via art groups. Raise awareness of veterans’ issues amongst the general public by exhibiting veterans’ work.



To employ a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) for three years, to work with the existing ANP, to efficiently assess, diagnose and prescribe to patients.


MacRobert Arts Centre

An annual programme of accessible drama workshops for veterans and their families, designed to increase socialisation, provide enjoyable, regular, and creative activity.



To enhance the provision of first aid support and ensuring adequate signposting for veterans experiencing mental ill health.


Glen Art

To raise awareness of veterans’ issues with schoolchildren and wider public through participation of veterans and schoolchildren in the Gardening Scotland Show.


RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity

Funding to continue a Regional Support Advisor role to assist veterans facing additional barriers to employment.



Royal British Legion Industries

To create a Mentor Training and Employment programme that will combat loneliness and isolation to ensure a successful transition to civilian life.


Six projects which continue from last year will also be given £100,000 in 2019-2020:

Organisation Project Award

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes

Glasgow’s Veterans United – a programme of fitness training, life coaching, health and nutritional education.


Fares 4 Free

Free transport befriending service  - to employ an additional part time role of Operations Coordinator


Support in Mind

To employ a part-time veterans liaison officer to run and develop the Veterans Community Café


Royal British Legion Industries

Employment of Head of welfare. HR, Welfare and project monitoring costs


Veterans Employability and Training Services

To employ a veterans support consultant


RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity

Employment adviser to assist veterans move to civilian life.


The Scottish Veterans Fund is administered by Veterans Scotland.