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  • Bank of Scotland Foundation Empower - Now Open

    Created: 06/02/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    The Edinburgh-based charity, Bank of Scotland Foundation, is encouraging charities that support vulnerable people to apply to Empower, its new multi-year grant programme.

    Empower is the first programme to be launched from the foundation's new five-year strategy, Building a Brighter Future for Scotland, and offers charities who support vulnerable people a three-year unrestricted grant of £150,000 (£50,000 per year).

    Donald MacKechnie, Chair of Bank of Scotland Foundation said, " The impact of the cost of living crisis on quality of life is profound, with a particularly devastating impact on vulnerable people who are more susceptible to experiencing harm, discrimination, or disadvantage. Our new Empower programme offers real security and certainty for charities, enabling them to focus on improving the quality of life for some of Scotland's most vulnerable people.” 

    This unrestricted funding can be used towards core costs, delivery costs, project costs and/or general running costs, enabling charities to use their funding in the way that helps them best.

    To be eligible for this programme charities must

    • Have a minimum of three years' accounts lodged and checked at OSCR
    • Have an annual income of £150,000 - £500,000 per year
    • Operate in Scotland

    How to apply 

    Applications must be submitted online through the Foundation's website

    The closing date for applications is 11.59am on Thursday 15 February 2024. 

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