Criteria and eligibility

The Community Capacity & Resilience Fund is looking to support a broad range of projects and activities that support local organisations across Scotland to help people mitigate the effects of welfare reform.  We do have some key criteria so please have a read the information below before submitting an application.

Organisation Eligibility

The fund is open to applications from third sector organisations based in Scotland and delivering services in Scotland, with an annual income of £250,000 or less. Organisations  that would be eligible to apply include:

  • Charities
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Social Enterprises
  • Community Organisations
  • Volunteering Bodies
  • Co-operatives
  • Housing Associations
  • Credit Unions
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) – if no profit distribution
  • Charitable trusts (if the trust was set up by a local authority, the trust must be fully independent from the local authority)
  • Community Enterprise Trusts
  • Mutuals
  • Trade unions

Your organisation must be part of a regulated body. Where this is not the case, your application must be have the support of a regulated organisation who will be asked to provide a reference for you.

Examples of organisations who would not be eligible to apply include

  • Arms- length council bodies including trusts (defined by clauses in the constitution that concede control to the local authority).
  • Community Interest Companies where there is profit distribution
  • Private sector
  • Local Authorities
  • Public sector

Project Criteria

Proposals must fit one only of the following criteria:

  1. Deliver a new service/ new project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develops people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point e.g. One-off, short, sharp focussed piece of work that is not happening at present within the organisation. Delivery period up to 9 months; award level Minimum £1,000: Maximum £5,000
  2. Develop your organisation in order to tackle the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point. For example via staff training: volunteer training: development of materials, resources and systems: facilitate knowledge and experience sharing events/forums/networks: develop peer mentoring. Delivery period up to 9 months; award level Minimum £1,000: Maximum £5,000
  3. Expand the capacity of your organisation in order to meet demand relating to welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point e.g. increasing staffing levels/hours to increase/expand the delivery of an existing specific service(s): funding to support staff from partner agencies to deliver services in your premises. Delivery period up to 9 months; award level Minimum £1,000: Maximum £5,000.
  4. Pilot/test a new service/ new project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develops people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point e.g. piloting a new service(s) that is not happening at present within the organisation. Delivery period 12 months; award up to £10,000 maximum

The aim of the scheme is to fund projects and activities to mitigate the impact of poverty and welfare reform where there currently isn’t the capacity or resources, therefore, unfortunately, the scheme cannot fund any existing work or core costs.

Please note that there may be the opportunity to extend any approved projects submitted under criteria 1 and criteria 4. This would be discussed with organisations as appropriate

Page last modified on 17th September 2018