Local MSP Margaret Burgess has announced that enterprising third sector organisations are to benefit from a further £2.1m in grants to help them deliver services to vulnerable people in communities across Scotland.
Burgess, MSP for Cunninghame South, announced the additional funding in
her capacity as the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing and
Welfare. “While we are already doing much to mitigate the effects of UK
Government welfare reform in Scotland,” said Mrs Burgess, “with
independence, a welfare system aligned to our education system can
address child poverty and educational under-achievement.”
Enterprise Ready Fund is being delivered by a consortium of third sector
organisations led by Foundation Scotland in partnership with Community
Enterprise in Scotland, Developing Strathclyde Ltd and Social Value Lab.
Burgess noted, “We want to develop a society that not only provides
fair support and decent opportunities for all, but also protects the
vulnerable in our society. The only way to guarantee that is to have
possession of the powers to deliver it.”
Chief Executive Giles Ruck said, “We have been impressed with the wide
range and quality of applications we have received so far, which
showcase the innovative ways organisations plan to use their awards to
make a real difference to the people and communities they serve.
would like to encourage new or developing third sector organisations
who are considering applying to the fund to do so before the final
closing date of 16th of June.”
The Enterprise Ready Fund will
distribute £6m during 2013 to 2015 to help maintain, develop and grow
enterprising voluntary sector organisations. A total of £4.4m has been
awarded to 95 organisations since the fund was launched in September
2013. Grants of up to £250,000 are available to support new, developing
and established organisations to become more efficient and
self-sustaining or diversify into new markets.