Our Funds

We have a number of funds running concurrently, each has a very clear focus and is tackling a different area of social need.  

Our robust performance management means we are able to demonstrate the difference each fund is making. Individual funds will run for a set time period, so we will have a rolling programme of different funds starting as others reach their natural end point.

Current Funds

  • 14:19 Fund - Our first and longest running fund, established in 2009, is performing well in supporting young Scots to make a successful transition from school into education, training and employment. In the first seven years of this 10 year fund, £39.5M has been invested directly in 24 charities and over 20,000 young people have been supported into a positive destination of employment, education or training. 
  • Go2Play - Go2Play builds on a £6.1m five-year partnership in play with Scottish Government and aims to increase the opportunities for disadvantaged or vulnerable children to benefit from free play. So far, 57 charities have been supported and over 28,000 disadvantaged children have accessed free play. The fund has supported the creation and implementation of Scotland’s Play Strategy, helped embed play as a key change theme within Scottish Government’s Early Years Collaborative and has an important role in supporting the play sector’s evolution.  
  • Link Up - now in its fourth year of development, is a leading model of community intervention which builds on the abilities of individuals and communities to create solutions to local issues. Active in nine communities across Scotland, it has helped over 10,000 people since January 2012 and produced economic savings of up to £6m. 63% of people engaging with Link Up felt physically and mentally healthier; more than half felt better able to cope with life.

  • intandem - Inspiring Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Government on the first national mentoring programme for young people looked after at home.  intandem supports 13 partner charities which will provide mentors for young people aged between 8-14 years who are looked after by their local authority but living at home.
  • SDS - Inspiring Scotland is supporting the performance management and monitoring and evaluation of the Scottish Government’s Self Directed Support (Support in the Right Direction and Innovation) Funds. It manages a portfolio of 55 charities, focussing on accountability, monitoring and evaluation, and sharing policy and practice learning. The fund managed to date is £4.01m.
  • CashBack - Since July 2012, Inspiring Scotland has been delivery partner for Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, investing money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in community programmes. £21.5m has been invested in 14 partner organisations to date benefiting young people in Scotland.

  • Autism, Learning Disabilities and Survivor Scotland - In partnership with the Scottish Government, Inspiring Scotland will lead on the funds for Autism and Survivor Scotland, and work alongside the SCLD on the Learning Disabilities Fund. This fund is over £4m and will be used to build capacity in the porftolio charities in order to best support the achievement and aims of the organisations and those who depend on their services.

Other work we have undertaken

Inspiring Scotland supported Scottish Government with the performance and programme management of 14 Early Years Public Social Partnerships (PSP) operating across 14 local authority areas. It worked closely with the lead third sector partner in each PSP to develop an action plan for 2015 to 2016 and maximise delivery and service sustainability.

We have also managed Advocacy Services for Children in the Children’s Hearing System, supporting Scottish Government in their review of advocacy services for children referred to a Children’s Hearing. As well as our funds, our internationally-recognised reputation has led to new opportunites to work in partnership.  In the lead up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games we worked with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to deliver the BP Young Leaders Programme

Previous Funds

We have two closed funds, Early Years Early Action and Go Play.