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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Best practice for funders


  • Take a look at our briefing paper on funding, the voluntary sector and coronavirus for more information about our work with funders to share information around the development and deployment of funds to support resilience, and planning for response and recovery. If you are a funder and would like to contribute to this mapping or join the growing community please get in touch at


  • Many funders are gathering intelligence and carrying out reviews to help inform strategic funding decisions. We're asking funders to submit their reports for inclusion in SCVO’s public Evidence Library. Please email the title, author, date published, web link or attachment, and a short description to Sharing this information will allow SCVO to produce research on coronavirus and its impact on the voluntary sector, such as our report from June 2020 or our review from September 2020.


  • Where possible, it is helpful for funders to provide information that assists us in analysing any data in a consistent way. We recommend that funders adopt the 360Giving Data Standard to ensure a level of uniformity in the reports submitted to us. The main ‘grants’ sheet includes sections for:
  • Basic information about the grant;
  • Planned dates for the grant;
  • Planned dates of the activity;
  • Details of the recipient organisation;
  • Details of the funding organisation;
  • The location of beneficiaries;
  • Details of the grant programme funding is from;

Funders can ensure that funding made in response to the crisis can be tracked – and the best use of resources can be made – by publishing their grants data in the 360Giving Data Standard including ‘COVID19.’

Last modified on 26 October 2021
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