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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.


Your conclusion should sum up why your work is so important and say what will happen if the need isn’t met. Restate your funding requirements and indicate who else is funding you, how much you have already secured and who else you plan to ask. Funders like to know where they fit... Read more
Most trusts either make one-off grants or give regular support for only a limited period. Long term sustainability is increasingly important to funders and many funders won’t support work with no clear end, exit strategy or fundraising strategy in place. Your application needs... Read more
Tie this section directly into your stated aims and objectives, and outcomes as this is what you will be evaluating. Your evaluation plan should be incorporated into the project proposal from the beginning and should be fully costed into the budget. Read more
A short case study can help to demonstrate the real impact that your work is having on those you support. Share a success story which highlights how your organisation’s work fits with the funder’s aims. Read more
What are you delivering, when will you deliver it, and who will it benefit? Think back to the questions posed in the section above and spell out the aims, objectives, and outcomes, methods, staffing/administration that will help clarify the budget. Don’t forget that staffing can... Read more
The most important part of your proposal is explaining why the project is necessary, what need you are addressing, and how you know this is a need. This should align with the funder’s eligibility criteria and is the place to backup your argument with facts, figures, and case... Read more
This is useful for a large or complex project. It can be a brief statement of the problem, what your solution is, and what the funding requirements are. It’s usually better to ask for a specific stated amount rather than ‘a contribution towards’. Read more
This can be your mission statement if you have a good one. It should be short and introduce your organisation to the funder. You could include your charity number and structure such as a SCIO or company limited by guarantee, how many years you’ve been in operation and whether... Read more
Choose a title that describe the overall goal of the project. Read more
Fundraising is all about storytelling and building relationships. Your application is your chance to do both by telling your unique story and helping the funder understand exactly why your organisation is best placed to... Read more