Equality Unit Funding 2017-20: Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF)


Applications are now closed for the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF)

The Scottish Government’s Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund 2017-20 is now closed to applications. Applications that have been submitted will be assessed by the Scottish Government and the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) with final decisions to be made by Scottish Ministers. 

The following organisations are eligible: incorporated third sector organisations; community interest companies; statutory bodies; and partnerships where the lead applicant must be an incorporated, Third Sector organisation.  Please note that unincorporated organisations are ineligible and should not apply.

Funding will only be granted to projects that work with, or on behalf of, people who are disadvantaged due to protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender (sex), gender identity/ reassignment, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. 

The value of the PECF 2017-20 is likely to be approximately £2.5 million per annum.  Funding will be available for three periods: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018; 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019; and 1 July 2019 – 31 March 2020.  Priority for funding will be given to projects that can demonstrate a strong track record of delivering effective services. There is no upper limit on the amount that can be applied for, however it is advisable to be moderate and realistic as the fund is likely to be extremely competitive. Applicants are advised that this funding round is likely to be extremely competitive and no applicant is guaranteed funding.  Applications should therefore be moderate and realistic, and associated costs focused on the direct delivery of the project. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Friday 17 March 2017. If you have any queries about the funds, please email pecfenquiries@vaf.org.uk clearly stating which fund you are applying to or telephone VAF on 01383 620780.


Supporting Documents

Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Budget Form and Application Guidance can be accessed via the hyperlinks below:

Equality Unit Funding 2017-20: Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF)

Completed applications should be submitted to pecfapplications@vaf.org.uk


Currently funded projects