The Voluntary Action Fund is not the only funder working to build capacity in the voluntary sector. You will find listed below some links to other websites which may be useful to check out when you are seeking funding or support.


Other Funders

Big Lottery Fund

The Robertson Trust

Lloyds TSB foundation for Scotland

The LankellyChase Foundation

Esme Fairbairn Foundation

Comic Relief

Allen Lane Foundation

Awards For All

Barrow Cadbury Trust & Barrow Cadbury Fund

BBC Children in Need

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Fundraising Standards Board

Garfield Weston Foundation

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Help The Aged

Henry Smith Charity

Leverhulme Trust

Rank Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Scottish Community Foundation

Tudor Trust

Andrews Charitable Trust

Association Of Charitable Foundations

The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust

The Cattanach Charitable Trust

The Gannochy Trust

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trusts

The Joseph Rank Trust

Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund

The MacRobert Trust

The Scottish Power Energy People Trust Fund

Wood Family Trust

Miss Agnes H. Hunter's Trust

John Watson's Trust

Inspiring Scotland


Support Agencies

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The national body representing the voluntary sector.

Scotland Funders' Forum

A gathering of funders in Scotland, including statutory bodies and independent grant making trusts, who are committed to best practice in funding the voluntary and community sector and to maximising the impact of funding for the benefit of Scotland.

Volunteer Development Scotland

National centre for membership, resources and services for volunteering organisations.

Investing in Volunteers

New quality standard for all organisations that involve volunteers in their work.

National Council for Voluntary organisations

The Scottish Social Enterprise Network (Senscot)

Social Firms Scotland

Skills Development Scotland

Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTA Scotland)



Scottish Government

The Scottish Government Third Sector Division

The principal contact for the voluntary and community sectors within the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government Equality Unit

The principal contact for Equality and Diversity within the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government Community Safety Unit

The principal contact for Community Safety within the Scottish Government.

Support Agencies

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) 

The independent regulator and registrar for Scottish charities.

Equality And Human Rights Commision

Scottish Human Rights Commision

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy

Voluntary Action Scotland

Befriending Network Scotland

Scottish Mentoring Network

Central Registered Body in Scotland

The national clearing house for disclosures for volunteers and voluntary sector workers.

Evaluation Support Scotland

Scotland's top evaluation support team, providing easy to understand information and advice.

Charities Evaluation Service

Has good information and advice on quality and evaluation systems. We recommend the free downloads.

The Social Enterprise Academy

Third Sector Forums

Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF)

Assist Social Capital

Scottish Community Alliance (formerly Local People Leading)