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Scottish Veterans Fund: information

Information about the Scottish Veterans Fund which helps the veterans community overcome disadvantage experienced as a result of service, as well as supporting projects that help veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life.

Published:
24 Nov 2020
Scottish Veterans Fund: information

The Scottish Veterans Fund is aimed at helping the veterans community overcome disadvantage experienced as a result of service, as well as supporting projects that help veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life. More information on support for bids can be found on the Veterans Scotland website.

Read more information about the Scottish Veterans Fund in our policy pages.

Q: Can projects only be funded for one year?

A: We are currently in the second year of the three year funding cycle for the SCVF. Bids can therefore be for projects which will run for either 1 or 2 years from April 2021.

Q: How much is the total pot?

A: The total pot for the Scottish Veterans fund is £200,000 for each financial year. Each individual project can bid for up to £15,000. In exceptional circumstances, for example collaborative bids from a consortium of organisations, this cap may be relaxed.

Q: What if the charity is new and has no financial history, is that required when applying for the Veterans Fund?

A: The Scottish Veterans Fund does not rule out new charities, however we would be looking for evidence supporting the financial stability of the charity. There is an element on the application form which asks for information on the charities last 3 financial years, or from when trading commenced. If the organisation has been running for less than 15 months, a financial projection must be provided and this will be looked at thoroughly.

Q: What is a consortium bid?

A: A consortium bid is where you are working with other charities and submit a joint bid. You would either be sharing the funding or one of the other organisations would be providing an element of funding

Q: When submitting a consortium bid do all charities need to be veterans charity?

A: No. Bids, whether consortium or not, do not need to come specifically from veterans charities. Any charities can apply for the fund so long as the bid is aimed at supporting the veterans community.

Q: It says there is a limit of £15,000 for bids, is this per project or per organisation? Can one charity submit more than one bid for £15,000?

A: There is no funding limit for organisations. Organisation can put forward multiple project bids, each of which can be up to £15,000, but the bids must be clearly distinct from each other.

Q: In terms of bids looking at the impact of COVID-19 would you be looking at history of what the organisation has already done during Covid?

A: This may have an impact when assessing the ability of the organisation to deliver the project and whether the project would be considered viable. However the Veterans Fund is specifically for funding new projects rather than existing work or running costs.

Q: Do the bids have to support the families as well as Veterans or can the project support one specific group?

A: We accept projects which support veterans and/or their families. Projects can target all of the veterans community, or a specific subset within it.