Veterans and ex-service charities across Scotland will continue to be supported with grant funding from the Scottish Government, the Veterans Secretary Keith Brown has confirmed.
Organisations are encouraged to bid for funding to deliver projects that offer new or innovative approaches to tackling the issues veterans face, in areas like health, housing and employment.
Around £600,000 of funding, including £240,000 from Standard Life Aberdeen has been made available through the Scottish Veterans Fund in the three years to 2019/20.
As well as one year projects, the fund will again consider multi-year bids of up to two years to support strategic projects.
Speaking at the 2017 Armed Forces and Veterans Champions Annual Gathering in Glasgow, Mr Brown said:
“Our veterans enrich our society and deserve the highest level of advice, support and care which is why the Scottish Government remains committed to supporting them and their families. No member of the armed forces, veteran or families of those in the armed forces should face disadvantage when it comes to accessing services and support.
“For almost a decade, the Scottish Government’s Scottish Veterans Fund has made a real difference to the lives of the armed forces community in Scotland and has provided £1.1 million to a host of veterans and ex-service charities that offer advice, help and support. I look forward to seeing a strong portfolio of applications again this year.”
Sandy Macdonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen said:
“We’re delighted to continue our support for The Scottish Veterans Fund. We’ve seen for ourselves the skills and dedication of ex-service personnel, and the positive impact they have on our workforce and local community. It remains the case that some veterans continue to face barriers in making the transition from military to civilian life. This Fund supports projects to help break down these barriers, so that when people make the decision to leave the armed forces, they’re given every opportunity to achieve sustainable success.”
Col (Ret’d) Martin Gibson OBE DL Executive Chairman of Veterans Scotland said:
“Veterans Scotland very much welcomes the continuing support of the Scottish Government which will directly benefit those both leaving the Services and veterans and their families.”
Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund has invested in excess of £1.1 million to a host of veterans and ex-service charities that provide advice, help and support to the thousands of veterans leaving the armed forces.
Around £315,000 was allocated to projects in the 2017/18 period.
Applications forms and guidance are available on the Veterans Scotland website or the links below and the fund closes on 30 November 2017.
Reporting Forms for the fund are also available here