£1m minibus fund for Scottish voluntary organisations

£1m minibus fund for Scottish voluntary organisations
Civil Society Fundraising, By Kirsty Weakley

The Scottish government has launched a £1m fund for community organisations to buy new vehicles to either scale up transport services or replace older vehicles.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available from the fund, which will be jointly managed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Community Transport Association (CTA).

John Downie, director of public affairs at SCVO, said: “It will help more people to live independently in their own homes for longer and counteract some of the negative impact of welfare reforms, particularly on disabled people.”

The CTA’s director for Scotland added: “This initiative was one of the main recommendations from the Scottish Parliament’s Inquiry into Community Transport and we are delighted that the government has responded in such a positive manner.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014.