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The third phase of the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund has opened

20th September 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Funding is up for grabs for Scottish groups which are looking to tackle the effects of welfare reform.

Community organisations and groups can now apply for the third phase of the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF).

In February, cabinet secretary for communities Angela Constance announced £1.9 million of new funding to ensure local third sector groups can deliver direct support to communities.

The initiative gives local community based organisations the opportunity to test out new, creative approaches, develop their workforce and add capacity. It aims to combat social inequalities, promote social inclusion and support partnership working

Constance said: “The fund is improving families’ access to everyday essentials like food, toiletries and basics, as well as giving welfare and work advice and support direct to where people are, including cafes, schools and playgroups.”

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available and the fund builds upon work developed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Development Trusts Associations Scotland and the Scottish Community Alliance.

Irene Connelly, programme development manager at SCVO, said: “There has been some amazing work over the past eight months and while we were delighted to extend our funding offer to some of our existing projects, we’re very excited to open up the process to give more third sector organisations across Scotland the chance to apply. “

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