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Funding Scotland

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.

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Scottish Third Sector Tracker

Most recent findings Wave 7 findings - Winter 2023 Waves 1-6 summary report - Spring 2023 Wave 6 findings - Spring 2023 Find out more about the tracker and see results from the previous waves Frequently Asked Questions

Wave Five Findings — Winter 2022

The infographic summary, summary report and data tables for the fifth wave of The Scottish Third Sector Tracker are available here. Key Findings — Summary report The wave 5 summary report is available here The findings from wave five of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker suggested...

Wave Two Findings — Winter 2021/22

The initial findings from the second wave of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker are available here. The findings suggested that most third sector organisations continued to face challenges in the face of the pandemic. However, there had been improvement in the sector’s ability to...

Wave Four Findings — Summer 2022

Particularly evident in this report was the increased prevalence of staffing issues and shortages, volunteer

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We're asking funders to submit their reports for inclusion in SCVO’s public Evidence Library.

Procurement: “inconsistency, bureaucracy, and inflexibility still creating challenges for third sector” 

public sector reviews and voluntary sector surveys chime strongly with the Committee’s summary: Good policies,are in place, but there is still a disconnect between policy and practice on the ground.

Finances proving biggest challenge to charities as rising costs bite 

of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker’s First Phase of research can be found here:,/research/evidence-library/2023-scottish-third-sector-tracker-waves-1-to-6-executive-summary The Tracker

Charities face staff and volunteer crisis 

that can be undertaken by volunteer involving organisations include ensuring that volunteer expense policies,Scottish Third Sector Tracker’s First Phase of research can be found here:

Recognising the voluntary sector's vital role in our economy 

The challenges faced by our sector are a result of societal and economic policy choices and we must work

Coronavirus and its impact on the Scottish voluntary sector – what do we know so far? (May 2020)

All research and insights shared with us will be collated in our searchable Evidence Library: https:/,/ The briefing covers: Funding

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