Children, families and adult learning fund is looking for charities wanting to try new project ideas, beyond their core work
An extra £2 million is to be made available to charities supporting children, families and adult learning in Scotland.
The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund will make an extra £1m available in 2017/18 and a further £1m available in 2018/19.
The extra cash is on top of the £14m announced last year to support over 100 organisations across Scotland.
The latest tranche of funding is designed to help charities to bid for funding that will allow them to try new project ideas beyond their core work, but still looking to tackle inequalities and poverty, support parents and carers, improve learning and build skills that help children, families and communities across Scotland.
Aileen Campbell, minister for children and young people, said: “Tackling inequalities is at the heart of this government’s ambition to create a fairer Scotland and charities and other third sector groups are crucial in achieving this.
We know ambition and innovation is alive and well in the voluntary sector
“We know ambition and innovation is alive and well in the voluntary sector. This new project fund will support activities or evidence-based approaches that can build on the good work they are doing so far. Funding is in place for the competition to launch in summer 2016.”
Quarriers Ruchazie Family Resource Centre in Glasgow was one of the organisations to benefit from the original funding announcement.
Alice Drife, Quarriers chief executive, said: “Quarriers supports people to turn their lives around and improve wellbeing, confidence and attainment. As a result, parents have greater capacity to create a nurturing environment for their children and cope with challenges affecting family life. Involving children and families in shaping the support they receive is a vital part of service improvement.
“Through Quarriers, this Early Years Grant will enable children and families to have more choice and control in life, to live independently in their local communities and to actively participate in decision-making about matters that affect them.”
The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund replaced the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and Strategic Funding Partnerships which ran from 2013 but ended this month.