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Third sector in Scotland gets £29m boost

Community and third sector projects in Scotland that try new ways to tackle poverty and improve people’s lives can now apply for a share of £29m ‎funding, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The Scottish Government will direct £18.9m into a new Aspiring Communities Fund to help organisations find new, long lasting community led solutions to poverty, by increasing economic activity or enhancing services to meet local needs.

‎The £9.7m Growing the Social Economy Programme will enable third sector organisations to try new ideas and approaches by collaborating with research organisations or supporting people to improve their skills.

The £29m funding over the next two years supports the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, published last October. A total of £12m of the total funding comes from the European Social Fund.

The First Minister said: “We are doing everything possible to create a more equal Scotland, and our Fairer Scotland Action Plan features 50 concrete actions to tackle poverty and inequality. This funding of £29m will support communities and the third sector in developing new ways to help people overcome disadvantage.

“Over the next two years, the investment in these two Funds will deliver positive and innovative approaches to improve people’s lives through boosting skills or delivering new services to meet community needs – and crucially, giving people the power to take charge and make changes in their own communities.”

> Related news: Fundraising complaints hub for Scotland goes live

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