Scottish Veterans Fund awards

Funding shared between 19 projects.

In excess of £1 million has now been awarded to veterans and ex-services charities across Scotland.

The milestone comes as a further £315,591 of grant funding has been allocated to 19 projects, including a contribution of over £148,000 from Standard Life.

Visiting Lothian Veterans Centre in Dalkeith, which has been awarded £36,000 over two years and supports projects across the Lothians, Veterans Secretary Keith Brown said:

Veterans are an asset to our society and deserve the best possible care and support. That is why I am delighted to announce that the Scottish Veterans Fund has now provided some £1.1 million to a host of veterans and ex-service charities.

“The latest award of over £315,000 will support excellent projects that promote employment, social inclusion, health and wellbeing for veterans and their families. I am particularly grateful for Standard Life’s valuable support, enabling us to expand the Fund to support more projects, such as Lothian Veterans Centre.

“Our Veterans Fund is making a real difference to the lives of veterans in Scotland and we hope to attract further investment to boost the Fund’s capacity for future years.”

Sandy MacDonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life said:

“As part of our ongoing commitment to helping armed forces veterans make the difficult transition from military to civilian life, it is a genuine privilege for us to be able to support this initiative, and the projects that have been selected. We know from our own experience of employing armed forces veterans, the unique skills and experience they bring with them can be of huge advantage to employers, as well as to the wider community.”

Background

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund has invested £1.129 million to 134 projects since 2008. The funding allocation was awarded following consideration by the new Scottish Veterans Fund panel chaired by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner.

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