Social Economy Growth Fund: round 1 guidance and application form

Supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Scottish Government.


Please note that this fund has now closed.


The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. We expect the Fund will enable organisations to:

  • support people to move into better paid employment
  • increase household income
  • improve people's skills
  • empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves

The Social Economy Growth Fund is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government will provide match funding for the Fund 'at source'. It is delivered by Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector Division, Scottish Government as Lead Partner for the 2014 to 2020 European Social Fund Programme.

Full details including eligibility criteria and the application process are available in the attached guidance document.

SEGF - Guidance Note - January 2017.pdf
SEGF - Application Form - January 2017.docx



The Scottish Government
DG Communities
Equality, Human Rights, Third Sector Division
Longman House
28 Longman Road

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