ESF- Social Economy Growth Fund Opens

The Scottish Government has launched the £9.7m Social Economy Development Programme. It compromises the Social Economy Growth Fund and the Social Innovation Challenge Fund.

The closing date for the first round of applications is 17th February 2017.

These ESF funds will run alongside and compliment an additional ESF fund - the £18.9 Aspiring Communities Fund – to be launched later this month.

The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. We expect the Fund will enable organisations to:

  • support people to move into better paid employment

  • increase household income

  • improve people's skills

  • empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves

The Social Economy Growth Fund is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government will provide match funding for the Fund 'at source'. It is delivered by Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector Division, Scottish Government as Lead Partner for the 2014 to 2020 European Social Fund Programme.

For more information and for copies of the Guidance notes and application forms please visot the Scottish Government site :- https://beta.gov.scot/publications/social-economy-growth-fund-guidance/