Community schemes get the chance to apply for a Voluntary Action Fund grant

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Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) have announced a further one off round of their successful small community grant programme. Community groups and voluntary organisations can apply for up to £1,000 if their annual income is under £25,000.

VAF expect to make around 40 grant awards.

The grant is aimed at Scotland’s small and often volunteer-led groups that make a vital difference to their communities. Their activities provide essential local services that keep communities vibrant and contribute to the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s people.

Priority will be given to groups that work: with health or disability issues; for the benefit of people protected under the 2010 Equality Act (Age; Disability; Race; Faith; Sex or Sexual orientation etc.); with families and young people; With older people.

VAF is also particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy.

Applications for the Community Grant Programme should be received by email by 14 November 2014. The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the VAF website at www.vaf.org.uk.

For further information contact the Community Grants Team at the Voluntary Action Fund by telephone on 01383 620780 or you can e-mail the team at communitygrant@vaf.org.uk