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.

Case Study - Templates and Guidance

We have developed a case study template for you to use to help demonstrate the impact your work has on individuals and your communities. Please click the links below to access the template as well as guidance on filling it out through Adobe Reader.

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You should download the template and save it to your computer. Then open your saved copy and complete it in line with the guidance provided. In order to fill it out fully, we have found that Adobe Reader is the best application to use. Follow the guidance to download Adobe Reader if you do not already have it on your computer.