"Emerging from the pandemic, Partners in Change will enable the Robertson Trust to get behind ambitious change plans to shift the problems of poverty and trauma in Scotland."
We are delighted to launch Partners in Change, a new fund for organisations working in Scotland with a charitable purpose and an annual income above £2 million, including registered charities, housing associations, Community Interest Companies, universities and credit unions.
As we emerge from the Covid pandemic, Partners in Change aims to generate fresh, deep perspectives and get behind ambitious approaches which prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of poverty and trauma on our society.
The new fund, which is seeking expressions of interest from a range of qualifying organisations by 3rd June 2021, will focus on the concept of change, and its application to how services and support for people experiencing poverty and/or trauma are designed and delivered. In line with our current strategy, organisations should be seeking to address one or more of the following; financial wellbeing, emotional wellbeing and relationships and educational and work pathways.
It is our ambition to create space within Scotland’s third sector where meaningful relationships and collaboration can be developed. We plan to work with 6-10 organisations in this initial round of funding, to fund their work through Partners in Change. In doing so we hope to gain a better understanding of the drivers of, and barriers to, change around services and support.
We are pleased to offer funding of up to £150,000 per year for a three-year period for outstanding proposals and would encourage organisations that meet the qualifying criteria to share their expression of interest with us by Thursday 3rd June 2021. A second stage for full proposals will follow for short-listed applicants.
Our Director, Jim McCormick, said: "Emerging from the pandemic, Partners in Change will enable the Robertson Trust to get behind ambitious change plans to shift the problems of poverty and trauma in Scotland. I am delighted we will be able to support up to 10 partners with £50,000 to £150,000 a year for three years on outstanding approaches to change.
"We are keen to learn alongside them – to understand what helps and hinders in achieving these ambitions. If your organisation has a charitable purpose, works in Scotland with an income above £2m, we look forward to hearing your ideas."
The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on 3rd June 2021. Find out more about applying here.