Launch of New Volunteering Grant Programmes

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The Voluntary Action (VAF) is pleased to announce the launch of two new grant programmes to support third sector organisations with an income under £250,000 create new or enhanced volunteering projects.

The grants aim to increase the diversity of volunteers and improve opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering. The grant will also support third sector organisations to enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers.

The Volunteering Support Grant will provide up to £10,000 to support organisations improve and develop their capacity to involve volunteers who are experiencing disadvantage. The two deadlines for applications are 10 May 2013 and 28 February 2014.

The Volunteering Support Cluster will fund an organisation to employ a Volunteer Coordinator/Manager, to work across a ‘Cluster’ of four or five organisations, to develop volunteering for people experiencing disadvantage.

Maximum funding available is £30,000. The two deadlines for applications are 19th July 2013 and 31st January 2014.

Chris Smith, Volunteering and Community Grants Manager at VAF said: “Effective volunteering can be a really powerful tool for delivering vital services to Scotland’s communities, as well as bringing substantial benefits to the volunteers themselves, the organisations they work within and the wider community.

“We welcome applications to these exciting new grant programmes to support organisations develop volunteering opportunities for people experiencing disadvantage.”

Further information, including application forms and guidance for these grants, are available on the VAF website www.vaf.org.uk.