Eligibility and Fund information
Applications are welcomed from organisations that have a focus on providing support to victims, survivors and witnesses of crime in Scotland.
All applicants should be able to describes how their work relates to the vision, priorities and outcomes set out in this guidance document.
To be eligible for funding, applicant organisations will also need to demonstrate that they have good governance and a commitment to equality and diversity.
The legal status of applicant organisations may be:
- incorporated third sector organisations
- community interest companies or
- public bodies (including local authorities)
Incorporation refers to the legal structure of your organisation and is quite separate from charitable status. Voluntary organisations can either be incorporated or unincorporated. To be eligible for the VCAF you must be incorporated which means the legal status of the organisation is either a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) or a Company Limited by Guarantee, or other incorporated bodies. See this fact-sheet from the Scottish Charity Regulator and the SCVO guidance.
Third sector organisations should be registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
Community Interest Companies (CIC) should have a strong Board of at least three Directors, with regular review of membership and clear processes for managing any potential conflict between the personal interests of the directors and the interest of the CIC.
This round of the VCAF will run for three years until the end March 2025.
Year 1 – April 2022 - March 2023
Year 2 – April 2023 – March 2024
Year 3 – April 2024 – March 2025
It is anticipated that the fund will not re-open again until 2025.
To allow for forward planning, organisations can also submit applications now for work that does not commence until year two or year three of this funding round.
All successful applicants will have an opportunity to review their year two and year three plans in case circumstances change during the funding period.
At least £10 million per year will be available through the VCAF over the period April 2022 – March 2025. The total funding for year one will be confirmed following the announcement of the 2022-23 Scottish Government budget.
There is no minimum or maximum level of funding for which applicants can apply. However there is a limited amount of funding available and applicants should be realistic when they are developing their application
You should note that if you are successful in your application any grant funding provided will be paid in arrears and only in exceptional circumstances paid in advance of need.
You should also be prepared for the possibility that you may not receive the full amount you are seeking or your application may not be successful, and plan accordingly.
Funding will also be subject to satisfactory delivery and governance and may be reviewed if any concerns are raised.
Types of funding
The VCAF can support core costs, project costs or both core and project costs.
We would not anticipate organisations submitting more than one application to the VCAF. However, if your organisation has a strong reason for wanting to submit more than one application please contact us to discuss
Core funding: We expect the majority of applications for core funding to come from third sector organisations. The VCAF is not designed to provide core support for mainstream public services. However, public bodies who deliver bespoke services for victims that are not mainstreamed within public sector budgets may be eligible to apply for core funding. If you work in the public sector and feel this is an approach you may wish to take please contact us to discuss.
For the VCAF, core funding means operating and essential running costs for maintaining a service that delivers the VCAF priorities and outcomes on an on-going basis. This means we will consider costs such as:
- existing management, administration, and delivery staff
- staff costs such as travel and training
- office costs (accommodation and supplies)
- overheads (heating, lighting, cleaning, insurance)
- communication and IT costs
Please do not include core costs that are already being met or will be met by other income streams - e.g. through another grant or via membership income.
Project funding: All applicants can apply for project support.
This can include any costs to deliver time-bound, specific pieces of new work. For the purposes of this fund, any new work that is to be developed or new staff engaged should be considered as project costs.
When planning your project budget please be realistic about the time it will take to recruit any new staff or develop new ideas. Your budget should be phased accordingly.
In addition to the costs to deliver the service or project, applicants are encouraged to include (where relevant) wider costs of delivering work effectively. This may include, for example:
- access/IT and travel costs
- cost of living increments for staff members over the funding period
- volunteer expenses (travel, subsistence, publicity)
- costs associated with staff members managing and evaluating the VCAF grant
- costs associated with involving victims/survivors in service or project design and evaluation
- costs for translators or translation materials
Working in collaboration with others
Through the VCAF, we want to encourage organisations to work collaboratively with each other to provide compassionate services that complement each other, are joined-up, simplify the landscape for victims and, wherever possible, reduce the need for them to have to recount their experiences to several different organisations.
Applicants are therefore asked to describe how they will work with other organisations in the third, public or private sectors to support and enhance the delivery of the VCAF priorities and outcomes.
As well as demonstrating collaborative working, we are also interested in supporting organisations who may wish to come together in a more formal partnership. This could include: organisations working together for the first time or formalising previously informal ways of working; the delivery of work on a more significant scale than an individual organisation could manage alone; or the development or delivery of new approaches.
If you are interested in applying to the VCAF to support the development of a formal partnership approach, please contact us to discuss.
If you have any questions, please contact us at VCAFund@gov.scot.
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