News October 2023

Education Pathways open call now open

We are pleased to launch our Programme Award open call for long-term change projects focusing on improving engagement in education and learning for children, young people and their families.

With a view to preventing and reducing future rates of poverty and trauma in Scotland, this open call has emerged from extensive stakeholder engagement within our Education Pathways theme over the past year.

Our Programme Awards are for work that that has the highest potential for delivering big change that lasts on tackling poverty and trauma in Scotland. For this open call this includes work such as:

  1. Feasibility and development projects
  2. Test and demonstration projects
  3. Research projects with a clear and strong link to delivering change
  4. Campaigning, mobilising, policy and influencing projects

Our Education Pathways Theme Lead, DonnaMarie Steel, said: “We know that education and learning is about more than exam results. However, we also know that young people who leave school with no or low levels of qualifications are at significant risk of experiencing poverty in future years.

“Through this open call, we want to fund projects that can reduce and prevent this risk by offering the support needed to improve engagement, whether that’s through formal or informal learning. 

“As with all our Programme Awards, we are interested in the potential for wider system change with this open call. That means supporting work that has a clear, thought-through and demonstrable potential to lead to significant impact on preventing and reducing poverty and trauma at scale.”

The fund offers project-restricted revenue funding for up to five years, usually between £50K and £500K in total, and up to £250k per year. We expect to spend up to £2.5M through this call, subject to level of demand and nature of proposals we receive. The call is open to charities, Community Interest Companies, Housing Associations and Credit Unions whether alone or in partnership (including with other types of organisations) .

The closing date for stage one applications is Friday, 10th November (midday). For full details about the open call and the application process, click here.