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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.

Fair Funding in Scotland

Fair Funding for the voluntary sector is needed to help charities, voluntary groups, and social enterprises to thrive and provide greater security for our people

Over the last few years, SCVO has been engaging with voluntary organisations to collect evidence on the issues and barriers faced by the sector when accessing funding. The evidence we have collected demonstrates the urgent need for Fair Funding – an array of policy asks and principles that we have been calling for since late 2022. Our calls are primarily directed at the Scottish Government, however, the wider principles apply to all funders, including local government.

Progress has been made, with the Scottish Government committing to Fairer Funding by 2026. However, Fairer Funding hasn’t yet been defined and SCVO are calling for the Scottish Government’s Fairer Funding principles to align with SCVO’s definition of Fair Funding – developed through significant research and engagement with the voluntary sector.

We’re keen to ensure that we continue to build support for our calls and keep the urgent need for Fair Funding on the agenda. This document has been developed to support organisations across the sector who wish to echo our calls in their own work, whether that’s in consultation responses, conversations with funders, blogs and articles, or anything else. Ultimately, if we want to ensure tangible, positive change, we need to have as consistent a voice as possible to make that happen.

Here you’ll find more information on Fair Funding and our key lines and asks, details of previous commitments from the Scottish Government, evidence such as useful stats and example case studies, and other resources. We hope that this will make it easier for your organisation to champion the need for Fair Funding.

Latest briefings & policy papers

The latest Fair Funding briefings and policy papers from the policy team. Read more

Contact us

If you have any questions on Fair Funding, want to discuss our calls in more detail, or believe you have evidence, resources, or experiences that could support our work, please contact Jason Henderson, Policy & Public Affairs Officer.

Get in touch

Our Fair Funding resources are also available in PDF format:

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Get involved

Collaborate with us and our members to develop and promote voluntary sector policy perspectives for Scotland