Evaluation of the Wellbeing Fund Open Applications process

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 26th March 2021
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The Scottish Government have published a report on the findings of the Wellbeing Fund Open Applications process evaluation.

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the Wellbeing Fund Open Applications process, which was set up to distribute grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 to third sector organisations to deliver projects of up to 12 weeks’ duration which would respond to needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was managed by a partnership including Scottish Government, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Corra Foundation, Inspiring Scotland, and the Hunter Foundation, with support from Scotland’s 32 third sector interfaces (TSIs).

The report is based on application and awards data, end-of-project monitoring data, and interviews with stakeholders involved in the management and implementation of the funding scheme. It consists of two parts:

  • First – an outcomes evaluation examining the distribution of funding across Scotland, whether the funding was used as intended, what the funding was used for, and who was supported by the funded projects
  • Second – a process evaluation which examines how well the design, management and implementation of the fund worked, and what lessons could be learned for the development of future similar initiatives

For the full report please visit Wellbeing Fund – open application process: evaluation (this link will take you away from our website).

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