Scottish Veterans Fund Reopens for Applications

Not-for-profit organisations across Scotland can apply for funding for projects that provide new or innovative approaches to improving the lives of veterans and their families, including projects that address the cost-of-living crisis.

The Scottish Government is offering grants of up to £50,000 per year (up to three years) to support innovative projects that help veterans overcome any disadvantage experienced because of service, achieve a successful transition to civilian life and make Scotland the most attractive place to be for those leaving the services.

Through the Scottish Veterans Fund, a total of £500,000 is available during the 2023/24 funding round for projects and activities that achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • Supporting access for veterans and their families to health and social care; housing; employment, skills, and education; financial advice; or any other services provided by the public or third sector; as well as those going through the justice system.
  • Supporting veterans and their families in their meaningful inclusion in civilian life, including promoting positive health and well-being and aiding social integration, with an emphasis on inclusion amongst civilian/non-military communities.
  • Supporting the successful transition to civilian life following service for the service person and their family.
  • Raising awareness of veterans and their families amongst the general public, emphasising their positive contribution to society and local communities.

Priority will be given to projects that include support to early service leavers or address some of the issues that this cohort may be particularly likely to face in the transition back to civilian life, as well as projects which offer support to veterans suffering from the impact of the current cost crisis, for example through financial advice or support into employment. Projects that support the wider family needs of veterans’ spouses, partners, and families will also be considered.

The deadline for applications to the Fund is midnight on 19 November 2022 (11:59).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)