SCVO given £8.4m to strengthen sector

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is hoping to bring about a "step change in the quality and strength" of the country's voluntary sector by making its biggest ever grant award to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The £8.4m grant will be paid in two phases over the next five years and will be used to strengthen the country’s network of 55 councils for voluntary service and make them more responsive to the sector’s needs.

Alison Magee, chair of BLF Scotland, said the offer presented an unparalleled opportunity for the sector north of the border.

“This funding should be seen as a symbol of our confidence in Scotland's vital voluntary sector,” she said.

However, a spokesman for the SCVO said he was unable to give any more details until the award had been accepted by the umbrella organisation’s board.

He said: “We believe that strengthening infrastructure across Scotland is important and we are examining the bid to make sure it can be delivered effectively.”

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