Sixty-four voluntary organisations were yesterday awarded grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 from the Scottish Government Resilience Fund.
The fund was established last year to provide one-off grants to mitigate the impact of the recession on front-line services.
The fund was originally worth £1.7m but was increased by 30 per cent because of demand.
Many citizens' advice bureaux are among the beneficiaries, which also include organisations supporting older people and victims of crime.
Jim Mather, enterprise minister in the Scottish Government, said: "These grants will provide an immediate boost that will help to position organisations for a strong recovery and, in turn, will support the provision of front-line services for the most vulnerable people in Scotland."
The fund was launched in September and closed for applications on 4 December. An assessment panel, comprising Scottish Government officials and third sector representatives, considered 189 applications.
Lucy McTernan, deputy chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said: "Donations and grants are down, yet demand for the services we deliver is up significantly, which means that many organisations across the country are really struggling.
"This new money will give these organisations the peace of mind to plan ahead and to keep providing their vital services in communities across Scotland."
For a list of beneficiaries, visit the Scottish Government website.