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15 Jul 2020

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2020-21 Voluntary Sector Development Fund open

Applications to the 2020-21 Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) are now open. It supports voluntary sector organisations providing social services registered with the Care Inspectorate.

We administer the VSDF on behalf of the Scottish Government. Around £900,000 is available during 2020-21 to contribute to costs associated with staff meeting the required registration qualification criteria we set.

VSDF funding helps employers to achieve a qualified workforce and we would particularly like small and medium-sized organisations to apply.

Eligible workers

Workers eligible for support this year, as agreed by us, the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Government are:

  • support workers in housing support and care at home services.

A maximum of £1,200 is available for each worker who undertakes the SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 6 after 1 January 2021.

We want to support as many staff as possible to meet the required registration qualification with the funding available and get value for money. There will also be an upper ceiling of £24,000 that any one organisation can receive.

Download the application form here.

You should read the following before completing the application:

Please send completed applications to: by 5pm, 30 September 2020. We will not consider late applications.

For more information or if you have any questions please email:

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council