Volunteering Support Fund

Volunteering Support Fund

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

This fund, worth approximately £1.1million per annum, supports 127 funded projects. The purpose of the fund is to enable Scotland’s small to medium-sized third sector organisations to recruit additional volunteers who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one, and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.

Funded projects contribute towards the following four outcomes:

  1. Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering;
  1. Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering;
  1. Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and
  1. Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Funded projects aim to recruit at least an additional 15 volunteers per year, including 10 who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering.

Impact Funding Partners provides fund management including providing development support and creating opportunities for organisations to come together to share, learn, collaborate and network through participation at themed cluster groups. The four regional cluster groups provide a platform for funded projects to work on volunteer related issues such as recruitment and retention of volunteers and measuring the impact of volunteering.

This fund is now closed and all funds have been allocated to 127 funded organisations across Scotland.