Why are you carrying out a strategic renewal?
Our current three-year strategy comes to an end in 2020. As a result, we have undertaken a process in 2019 (supported by New Philanthropy Capital) to ensure that how we work and what we do reflect the trends we see and feedback we have receive from our stakeholder engagement.
What can we expect from the new strategy?
We are in the process of finalising the details of our new strategy and will be providing regular updates in the coming months. While we acknowledge that the breadth of work we currently fund is appreciated by our stakeholders, our new strategy will place greater emphasis and focus on poverty and trauma, their causes and impact.
We have also reflected on our role as a 21st Century funder and how we can best use all of our resource to help create a fair and compassionate Scotland.
It is our intention to be as transparent as possible so we would advise all those with an interest in our strategy to follow our social channels and/or website, or sign up for our mailing list for the latest updates. Potential applicants can rest assured that information about our funding programmes will be shared as early as possible.
What about my current grant?
All awards made under our current strategy will be honoured and nothing will change in the terms of your existing award.
Will I still be able to apply for funding?
In order to ensure the transition between strategies is as smooth as possible, we will close our current funding programmes. The deadline for Main and Small Award applications is 5pm on Friday, 28th February 2020. Applications under our Wee grants for wee groups fund will close at 5pm on 17th December 2019.
How have you informed your strategic renewal?
We have spent time this year reviewing the outcomes of our current strategy and talking to existing grantholders and stakeholders. We have also spent time building our understanding of the current challenges facing communities in Scotland and thinking about the best way for us as a funder to work alongside communities to address these challenges.
Through carrying out this work, we are confident that our new strategy will be fit for purpose and support the third sector in building a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish.