Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund

News story posted: 29/05/2018

Voluntary Action Fund logoFunding is available for community groups and small voluntary organisations to help them run an event with a group of five or more people to discuss what matters to them in relation to democracy.


These community events will be part of the wider Democracy Matters conversation, which will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months. To find out more about Democracy Matters, visit: https://beta.gov.scot/policies/improving-public-services/local-governance-review/


The Scottish Government Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund provides grants of up to £300 (in exceptional circumstances up to £500) to small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland.

Groups and voluntary organisations with a turnover of up to £100,000 can apply for a grant to run an event and cover costs such as venue hire, catering, childcare and inclusive communication such as interpreters.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 31st October 2018, however grant award decisions will be being made on a weekly basis. Early applications would be preferred.


Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) staff can provide technical support but please note that they cannot offer project specific advice or comment on draft applications.


For more information about the Fund, including eligibility and how to apply, visit: https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund


If you have further queries about the Fund, or wish to discuss your project eligibility, please email VAF on democracy.matters@vaf.org.uk

Local Governance Review (Scottish Government website)


Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund (Voluntary Action Fund)

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