Third Sector 2022-23 Budget information: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

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If the Scottish Government has no easily retrievable record of how a £25m+ line item (see budget except below) has been spent, then proper financial controls simply don’t exist. I find it very hard to believe that the civil service would have allowed this to happen.


Below is a table which shows the breakdown of organisations and the funding they received in 2022-23 from the Third Sector Budget line in the published Scottish Budget.

To be clear that this is funding only provided by the Third Sector Unit, from the Third Sector Budget line. It does not include all the funding that the Scottish Government gives to third sector organisations. Each Scottish Government policy area provide their own funding from their own portfolio budget line and someof this funding will be used to fund third sector organisations, or third sector intermediaries to disburse to other third sector organisations, based on the policy requirements of individual portfolios.

The lines highlighted in bold are specific funding where funds are given to the intermediary which is then disbursed further through a Fund, to other third sector organisations. The line for Social Investment Scotland – Community Sustainability Fund is a loan fund, which provides loan funding to third sector organisations. Again note that this only includes the intermediary funds that are provided by the Third Sector budget. It does not include funds managed by other policy areas across Scottish Government that will also disburse funding to third sector organisations.

In addition it should be noted that the published budget includes Total Operating Costs, which are all the core staff and associated operating costs, such as accommodation, IT, legal services, and HR.

I have also attached a pie chart which shows how the third sector budget is split between our main areas of spend: Social Enterprise, Engaging the Sector, Volunteering and Third Sector Interfaces.


22-23 Amount (millions)

Resource Budget


Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations


Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations


Development Trust Association Scotland


Scottish Community Alliance


Evaluation Support Scotland


Chartered Institute of Fundraising


Scottish Community Development Centre


Volunteer Scotland


Volunteering Matters


Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) (32 TSI's - one in each Local Authority area)


Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council


Social Enterprise Scotland


Social Enterprise Network Scotland




Community Enterprise


School for Social Entrepreneurs


Social Enterprise Academy


Challenges Worldwide


Social Enterprise World Forum


Social Investment Scotland


Scottish Community Finance Ltd


Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations


Community Enterprise in Scotland


Projects under £50k


Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - Community Capacity and Resilience Find


Development Trust Association Scotland - Community Capacity and Resilience Fund


Impact Funding Partners - Volunteering Support Fund


First Port - Social Entrepreneurs Fund


Financial Transactions

Social Investment Scotland - Community Sustainability Fund




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