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West Lothian Voluntary Organisation Modernisation and Improvement Fund

In 2019 West Lothian Council approved an allocation of £200,000 for 2019/20 with additional funds of £450,000 identified the subsequent three financial years making a total fund of £650,000. The aim was to create a fund for voluntary organisations to help them to modernise and transform their organisation to increase sustainability for the future. There remains a total £134,000 in the programme for this financial year 21/22 and 22/23 with £120,000 available for grants, the balance has been ringfenced to support related training for the sector but may be released back into the available grant funding if not required.

The focus of the Voluntary Organisations Modernisation and Improvement Fund is to support voluntary organisations to become more sustainable, by testing or implementing key changes, as well as support the Council to deliver its strategic priorities as set out in the Corporate Plan and the our communities as we deal with the effects of COVID-19. A brief description of each priority is provided in Appendix 1 at the end of this guidance for your information.

The Voluntary Organisation Modernisation and Improvement Fund will offer direct grants to organisations to support transformational change that increases longer-term sustainability to help them better support our communities .

Who can apply to the Fund?

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, with an annual turnover of under £1M, that deliver services to residents of West Lothian either solely or primarily.

How much can be applied for?

The maximum grant available to individual organisations is £7,500.

How to apply

There is no specific deadline with applications being considered on a rolling two monthly cycles as set out in the guidance, until such time as the fund is exhausted.

Help and Advice

If you require further information or advice about the application process or assistance with your application form please contact the Community Planning and Regeneration Team at .