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Scottish Veterans Fund: impact report

Published: 25 Jun 2019

An impact report on the Scottish Veterans Fund and the projects supported by it.

Scottish Veterans Fund: impact report
The application process

The application process

The Scottish Veterans Fund is administered by Veterans Scotland who handle the applications and distribution of funds on behalf of the Scottish Government and Standard Life Aberdeen.


Applicant organisations must have a presence in Scotland and constitute a “legal person”, meaning it is legally constituted and can enter into a contract in its own right. For example, in respect of the organisations that typically apply to the Scottish Veterans Fund, applicants may be a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), a new legal form for registered Scottish charities, or a registered company. Registered company applicants (whether a limited company or a company limited by guarantee) will typically be not-for-profit and may also have separate charitable status as a registered charity. Statutory bodies are also eligible to apply.

Please note that unincorporated organisations, even where a registered charity, are not eligible to apply. In that event, the Scottish Government recommends that consideration is given to becoming a SCIO or registered company to apply in future.

All applications are reviewed by an independent panel selected and chaired by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Col (Retd) Charlie Wallace.

The panel provides recommendations to the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans and Standard Life Aberdeen for the final decision on which bids are selected for funding.

01. Applications sent to Veterans Scotland

02. Scrutiny by the Commissioner’s Independent

03. Panel’s recommendations made

04. Final decision by Minister for Veterans and Standard Life Aberdeen

Grant letters are sent to recipient organisations that explain the reporting structure and what is expected from the recipient organisation.