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01 Jul 2022

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2022-23 VSDF open for applications

Applications to the 2022-23 Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) are now open. The fund supports voluntary sector organisations providing social services that are registered with the Care Inspectorate.

The SSSC administers the VSDF on behalf of the Scottish Government. Around £900,000 is available during 2022-23 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
  • funding is available for SVQ Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6 and 7 (given the increasing complexity of roles and changing models of care delivery the SSSC and Scottish Government would encourage level 7 applications).

VSDF funding cannot be used to support employees undertaking a modern apprenticeship route.

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 or level 7 after 1 January 2023.

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.

Apply now

Download the 2022-23 VSDF application form here.

You should read the following before completing the application:

Please send completed applications to: by 5pm on 2 September 2022. We cannot consider late applications.

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement email from a member of the VSDF Team, confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive this, please contact us to ensure your application will be processed. The Automated Reply email is not confirmation of receipt.

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

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council