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European Social Fund Tackling Poverty & Social Exclusion

May 23, 2017 by No Comments | Category Accessible Transport, Disabilities, Equality, Food Poverty, Fuel Poverty, Funeral Poverty, Generational Poverty, Get involved, Homelessness, Rural Poverty, Social Innovation, Social Isolation

Welcome to the European Social Fund (ESF) Tackling Poverty & Social Exclusion blog. It’s a long title which we will shorten for future.


We are currently processing nearly 500 Growing the Social Economy and Aspiring Communities Fund applications. This is no surprise as we started to receive enquiries as soon as the First Minister launched the £29 million package of funding (including £12 million from ESF) in January. These ESF Programmes contribute directly to the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Action Plan. Our funding workshops also generated a huge level of interest from social economy and community organisations across Scotland.

Seventy-five projects applied to Round 1 of the Social Innovation Fund. An independent assessment panel has approved over £1.3m to support 20 projects, 13 Stage 1 and 7 Stage 2. This will enable social economy, research/academic organisations and other partners to work together to develop new ideas and test innovative approaches to tackle poverty and inequality.


  •  Round 2 for the Social Innovation Fund is now open.
  •  Applications for Stages 1 and 2 are invited.
  • Closing date is Friday 21 July at 5pm.
  •  Application forms and guidance notes are on the website.
  •  Please email queries to Infogrowingthesocialeconomy@gov.scot
  •  Details of successful Social Innovation Fund Round 1 projects are on the website.


An independent panel will be convened on 31 May to consider Social Economy Growth Fund applications. Aspiring Communities closed to applications on 7 April and assessments are underway. Further information on both Funds, information on successful projects and updates from stakeholders will be published regularly in Fairer Scotland blogs.

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