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  • New Befriending Fund now open for applications

    Created: 09/08/2021

    A new Befriending Fund has now opened for applications. This Fund has been allocated to Befriending Networks through the first round of the Scottish Government's Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund.

    It aims to sustain, increase or expand support for befriending projects/services during the initial recovery period of October 2021 - March 2022. It could be used to sustain or increase befriending coordinator's working hours, cover volunteer expenses, provide activities/groups where this is safe to do so, and/or digital devices/support that enable matches to go ahead at a distance where this is preferred.

    Who can apply?

    • You must be a member of Befriending Networks.
    • Be an established Befriending project.
    • Be based in Scotland and will deliver/support a local project.
    • Work with 16 -24-year olds, women, carers or those living with Dementia. 
    • You can apply for between £5,000 - £15,000.

    How to apply?

    To apply for this Fund. please visit Befriending Network's website. The application process is open until 12:00 on 26 August 2021. Completed application forms should be e-mailed to [email protected].

    When to apply?

    Befriending Network expects that the Fund will be oversubscribed and estimate that, depending upon the funding requests, it will be able to fund between 10 - 20 organisations. All applications will be assessed to ensure the criteria is met and successful applications will be selected to ensure a balance of different locations across Scotland, including rural and urban and across different groups identified above.

    If you have any further questions, please contact Muriel via e-mail [email protected] or call 07729 107 002.

    Upcoming Befriending Fund events:

    Q&A Session For Scottish Members considering applying to the Befriending Fund

    * Wednesday 18 August 2021 12:30-13:30

    Q&A Session: Hints & Tips about Funding Applications

    * Wednesday 25 August 2021 12:30-13:30

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