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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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Welcome to the Scottish Third Sector Tracker!

Winter 2023 Waves 1-6 summary report - Spring 2023 Wave 6 findings - Spring 2023 Find out more about the tracker

Wave Five Findings — Winter 2022

The infographic summary, summary report and data tables for the fifth wave of The Scottish Third Sector,Third Sector Tracker suggested that third sector organisations were operating in an increasingly difficult,Key Findings — Infographic summary Financial pressures continued to dominate the Scottish third sector,Data tables These tables present the in-depth findings from the fifth wave of the Scottish Third Sector,Tracker.

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,However, there had been improvement in the sector’s ability to deliver services and/or planned programmes,Finally, most in the sector were relatively confident in their future – 92% were confident that they’

Wave Four Findings — Summer 2022

he findings from the fourth wave of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker are available now.,sector.,sector.,Third Sector Tracker showed the impact of rising costs becoming increasingly apparent, both for third,Rising costs were not the only challenge third sector organisations reporting facing in the three months

Wave Three Findings — Spring 2022

The findings from the third wave of the Scottish Third Sector Tracker are available here.,Key findings Scotland’s third sector organisations continued to face challenges in spring 2022, particularly,Almost two-thirds (64%) of organisations continued to see increased demand for their services.,For the majority of third sector organisations, online played a large part in their day-to-day management


The SCVO research team conducts and collates research about the voluntary sector in Scotland.,Third sector tracker All the latest results from our quarterly Tracker survey of hundreds of Scottish,Read more Evidence library Find research relating to the Scottish voluntary sector.,Read more Meet the team Ilse Mackinnon My main focus is on providing insights into the third sector’s,Joined SCVO in 2020, developed and leads on the Scottish Third Sector Tracker for SCVO and partners.

Useful Links & Resources

Fair Funding for the Voluntary Sector: SCVO’s policy paper setting out Fair Funding, what it entails,,Fair Funding & Fair Work: Written in partnership with the TSI Network, this policy paper sets out why,at why the Scottish Government’s equality, opportunity, and community ambitions cannot be met without,The Scottish Third Sector Tracker: A growing research community made up of representatives from organisations,Policy Briefing 1: A Scotland where we value our communities: Poverty Alliance briefing as part of Challenge

What SCVO has done

We worked with independent funders and third sector interfaces to try to ensure that funding being made, and to stimulate debate about the sector’s future Liaised closely with Scottish Government regarding,the impact of the pandemic on CJS funding Joined with TSEF to set up a new third sector employability,community on basecamp Partnered with a range of stakeholders to build a Scotland focused research community,called the Scottish Third Sector Tracker.

Transforming the economy

made by voluntary organisations to Scottish society, including but not limited to its substantial role,papers The latest briefings, consultation responses, and policies from SCVO relating to transforming,Workshop on the role of the sector in the economy at the Third Sector in Parliament conference in September,New research to be published this autumn on the sector’s workforce and its role as an employer.,Sector tracker and the worrying picture it paints for Scotland's voluntary sector in the coming months


’s presence and role in Scottish society.,Research and engagement underpin these efforts.,SCVO is carrying out a range of engagement and research initiatives connected to funding.,community called the Scottish Third Sector Tracker.,There are also 32 Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) in Scotland, one for each local authority area.

Get involved

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