We work with organisations to increase and improve their impact. We will also work with them, and those they serve, to listen and learn in order to improve, influence and change policy and systems.
We fund and support organisations based on strong evidence of need and impact, and work with them to make the best use of resources. We use evidence, and are led by the experience of people impacted by poverty and disadvantage. This directly informs our work and how we invest our time and resources.
The focus of our work is to support organisations to improve and increase their impact.
We are here to make a difference; we support people committed to making change and we get behind them.
We believe that we need to focus on children and young people throughout their life journey so that they have happy and healthy childhoods leading to positive adult lives.
We will fund, support, develop, and learn from organisations who provide holistic, whole family support and trauma informed activities from pregnancy through early years, school and post school transition, to early adulthood, in order to improve life outcomes for children, young people, and their families.
We believe that everyone in Scotland deserves, and has a right, to live their life to their maximum ability. We believe that change is best informed and driven by the people who experience the challenges most directly.
We will fund, support, develop, and learn from organisations that help people and communities who face barriers to inclusion, and who may need support and services to thrive and live independently.
The Scottish Government announced on 31 January 2022 a new fund to improve staff wellbeing across the Adult Social Work and Social Care sectors. The Fund opened for applications on 1 February 2022 and closed midday on 29 July 2022.Read More
As part of the Scottish Government’s National Island Plan commitment, Inspiring Scotland managed the one year Island Communities Fund, assessing 180 applications requesting over £160M. 35 projects received investment; from electric vehicles to projects supporting locally grown food and drink to textiles sourced and produced on islands all focused on supporting employment and community resilience through activities that deliver green economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.Read More
The Healthy Islands Fund (HIF) was a £1.3 million investment from the Scottish Government as part the National Island Plan to improve and promote health, social care and wellbeing for Scottish island communities. The one year fund supported 56 community-led initiatives that promoted healthier lifestyles on the islands received funding and support.Read More
Rural Communities Ideas into Action (RCIA) was a £1.8 million investment from the Scottish Government to test future approaches to Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) in rural and island communities in Scotland over 2021-22. It enabled rural groups to try new approaches to genuine community development: tackling local challenges and creating viable and resilient communities. 120 projects supporting 389 community groups in 26 local authority areas were supported in the funding round. Inspiring Scotland has continued to work with the Scottish Government to develop support for rural groups and investment in this area.Read More