• 31Jan

    Scotland voluntary sector grants programme open for applications

    The Scottish government programme which makes grants to voluntary organisations engaged in health initiatives is now open for applications.

    Section 16b of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978, as amended, gives Scottish Ministers the statutory power to make such grants to voluntary organisations engaged in health initiatives in Scotland which are complementary to those required by statute.

    The criteria for the fund are broadly drawn – but the key is how well the planned work complements and contributes to the achievement of the aims set out in the Quality Strategy and 2020 vision.  The NHS Chief Executive’s report sets these out.

    Section 16b grants will normally be given for either one year or three years.The total available sum for allocation in 2014-15 is £446,092. The expectation is that most individual bids will fall within the range of £5,000-£7,500.

    Applications are required to be submitted by Friday February 21 2014.

    Full details, including guidelines and application documents, can be found here.