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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.

Evidence library

Conditions attached to funding - ESS analysis

In wave 7 of the Scottish third sector tracker, we asked organisations to tell us if they believed the conditions attached to the funding they receive had become more or less demanding over the past year. This paper by Steven Marwick (Evaluation Support Scotland) provides additional analysis of the responses to the follow-up open question.

Analysis summary

  • The biggest category of responses (29%) did not give detail eg “Excessive monitoring reports.” Or “Looking for more information. More monitoring.”
  • A quarter said they had to do more work with the same or less (in inflationary terms) funding.  Some also mentioned having to fill gaps in public services.
  • Another quarter mentioned increased burdens in reporting format or frequency, more burdensome financial scrutiny or payment in arrears.
  • 13% talked of new onerous terms and conditions, often related to Fair Work.
  • The remainder complained about challenging communication with grant managers such as changes in monitoring demands or late notification.
  • Scottish Government was referred to negatively in 16 different responses.  No other funders were mentioned by name.
Last modified on 4 April 2024