The Scottish Government have published a report on the findings of the Wellbeing Fund Small Grants Fund evaluation.
This report provides a review of the Small Grants Fund, which was set up as part of the Scottish Government’s £50 million Wellbeing Fund to distribute small amounts of funding (approximately £2000 per grant) to voluntary and community organisations, primarily small community groups. It was targeted at organisations whose services had been affected by COVID-19, and who could put the grant to immediate use to help support local families and communities at greatest risk from the effects of the pandemic in the short term.
The fund began operating in late March 2020, and was managed by the Corra Foundation, with funding distributed by a group of national funders: the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the STV Appeal, Inspiring Scotland, the Cattanach Trust and Impact Funding Partners.
The report is based on end-of-project monitoring data provided by funded organisations, as well as interviews with key stakeholders involved in the implementation and management of the fund. It examines who received funding and what types of projects were supported, the extent to which the funding was used for its intended purposes, and the lessons learned from the management and implementation of the fund. As a result of limited data on the fund, it is beyond the scope of the review to draw conclusions about the extent to which the fund achieved its aims.
For the full report please visit Small Grants Fund: review (this link will take you away from our website).