Provident Social Impact Fund (Scotland)

Background

The Provident Social Impact Fund (Scotland) aims to support social inclusion. The programme will invest in activities that seek to alleviate the underlying problems that prevent social inclusion and enjoyment of a full modern life. The Fund will distribute £40,000 in grants, of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Aim

Organisations applying to the Fund must be based in or supporting people living within the Glasgow City Area or Paisley area of Renfrewshire.

Projects should meet one of the following themes:

  • Improving people’s personal finance capabilities (debt and financial advice/education)

  • Improving physical and/or mental health

  • Providing support which enhances, creates and sustains positive family relationships 

  • Addressing issues of low educational attainment and improving learning outcomes 

  • Providing people with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage, including projects which increase access to employment.

The grants panel will look to fund projects and activities that are addressing need identified through consultation and/or engagement with potential beneficiaries and have a clear focus on the positive results they plan to achieve. Projects need to be inclusive of people in the locality regardless of their background, offer wider benefit and be cost effective.

Exclusions

Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • Commercial organisations

  • Sponsorship (including sports kit) or marketing appeals 

  • Individuals – including students

  • Food banks

  • Mainstream activities and statutory requirements of hospitals and medical centres (including NHS Trusts), universities and colleges

  • Establishment/preservation of endowment/welfare funds

  • Organisations that redistribute funding for subsequent grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals

  • Expeditions or overseas travel

  • Single religious or ethnic groups – we don’t support organisations who are promoting their own values. We would however consider supporting the activities of such organisations if they are aimed at supporting the wider community in accordance with these guidelines

  • Political or military groups or activities – although we would consider supporting organisations who support veterans in accordance with these guidelines 

  • Capital appeals for building projects, e.g. for rebuilding a community centre, heritage centres, visitor centres, museums, theatres or places of worship

  • Historic restoration/historic publications

  • Overseas organisations – this is about supporting our local communities

  • Animal welfare organisations

  • Projects currently in receipt of funding through Provident Financial Group 

  • Organisations that have income over £250k in the most recent financial year

Timescales

The deadline for appllications is 4pm on 28 February 2019.  Decisions will be made in April 2019.

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form.

We expect this programme to be highly oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment. As such we recommend that you submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

 

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