“Veterans enrich our society and deserve the highest level of advice, support and care, which is why the Scottish Government remains committed to supporting them and their families.” Graeme Dey, Veterans Minister in the Scottish Government.
Scottish Veterans Fund
Organisations are being encouraged to apply to the Scottish Veterans Fund. Started in 2008 this will be the last year of the fund and those who are applying need to put in for projects that will last for one year. Applications will close on 30th of November 2018 and you can find more information and forms here: Veterans Scotland
Since 2008 the Scottish Veterans Fund has delivered over £1.3 million to veterans association and charities. This has helped with supporting veterans and their families with the transition to civilian life.
Graeme Dey said:
“This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Veterans Fund with more than £1.3 million already given to over 150 projects throughout Scotland since 2008.
“These projects and initiatives provide essential support to our veterans community. I look forward to seeing a strong portfolio of applications again this year.”
As well as the Scottish Government, Standard Life has contributed money to the fund.
Sandy Macdonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen said:
“We’re delighted to continue our support for The Scottish Veterans Fund.
“Ex-Service personnel have a hugely positive impact in our business and the communities we operate in.
“Sadly, some veterans continue to face barriers in making the transition from military to civilian life.
“This Fund supports great projects breaking down these barriers and creating opportunities for veterans to achieve continued success in their lives after they’ve served”.
Speaking on behalf of Veterans Scotland, Chris Hughes, said:
“Veterans Scotland welcomes this continuing support which will directly benefit those leaving the Services and veterans and their families.”
Armed Forces Covenant Fund
There is also an Armed Forces Covenant Fund – You can find out about that here: Armed Forces Covenant Fund
It’s funding priorities for April 2018 to March 2019 include:
- Armed Forces Covenant: local grants and digital development
- Armistice and Armed Forces Communities: supporting local communities to consider the Armed Forces Covenant and its relevance today in the context of the World War 1 commemorations