Equally Safe (Violence Against Women and Girls) Fund 2017–20

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Covid-19 Update from the ESVAWG Team 20/4/2020:

Dear Colleagues,

It looks like the lockdown is to remain in place for ‘at least’ three more weeks.  It continues to be a challenging time for all those involved in delivering services to vulnerable women, children and young people.  On 17th April 2020, Ross McCulloch, Director of Third Sector Lab and Trustee of Impact Funding Partners, in partnership with SCVO, hosted a Zoom webinar - Delivering Digital Services.  It was an excellent opportunity for colleagues working in the VAWG sector to come together to share best practice, ask questions and gain a better understanding of digital service delivery.  It was wonderful to see so many people from the sector sharing best practice and being so open about their services to support each other and their service users.  A summary signposting document listing the speakers and resources available can be found at here.      

Impact Funding Partners recognises the impact of the lockdown and the new way of working is having on our partners and stakeholders, and we wish to assure you that we here to support you.  Please contact your support Development Officer if need be.



Impact Funding Partners manage this fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. All funds have been allocated.

Equally Safe (Violence against Women and Girls) Fund (ESVAWGF) distributes approximately £6 million per annum to 85 funded projects. The aim of the fund is to support work to progress the outcomes in Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.  

The fund assists with the development of measures to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls, including projects that build capacity in local partnerships to strengthen responses to violence and abuse, the delivery of frontline services, or projects which focus on prevention and early intervention. 

The fund has the following four outcomes:

  1. Societal understanding of gender based violence is increased and tolerance of it is decreased (leading to a reduction in violence and abuse experienced by women and children, and an increase in positive gender norms and expectations).
  2. Service providers have increased understanding of all forms of gender based violence, and work effectively together to address these issues through the provision of appropriate, high quality services.
  3. The harmful effects of gender based violence experienced by women and children are reduced by early intervention and their safety and wellbeing needs are better met by effective service provision.
  4. Interventions, service design and service delivery are improved as a result of the participation of women and children affected by gender based violence.

Impact Funding Partners provide fund management including providing development support and creating opportunities for organisations to come together to share, learn, collaborate and network through participation at training and good practice events.