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Small community groups in Scotland that missed the first round of the Voluntary Action Fund’s (VAF) Community Grants Programme have two more opportunities to apply for funding this year.
The small grants programme, formerly known as the Community Chest programme, is running for a fifth year. The programme which was to run from 2008 to 2012 has already funded more than 1,000 community groups and organisations across Scotland.
The programme, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by VAF, offers grants of up to £1,000 and free training to charitable groups. The funding can be used for operational costs as well as the cost of a particular projects or new activity. VAF will give priority to funding activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, such as:
Not-for-profit groups doing charitable work, with an annual income of less than £25,000, a signed constitution and a bank account in the group’s name and which can provide an independent referee are eligible to apply.
Priority will be given to groups working with:
Groups which have received a Community Chest Grant within the previous year or a European Year of Volunteering small grant may not apply for funding in 2012-13.
The second deadline for applications is 17 September 2012. This will be followed by a third deadline in mid January 2013.
For more information, click here to visit the VAF website >>