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What we do

For a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage

We transform vital charities. We empower visionary leaders. We shape public policies. We believe in opportunity for everyone. Since 2008, Inspiring Scotland has worked towards a Scotland where everyone, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, or the circumstances they are born into, has the chance to enjoy a happy, healthy life free from poverty or disadvantage. We do not accept the status quo and we are committed for as long as it takes, whatever it takes, to build a better Scotland.

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Our Model

Philanthropic funding is added to Scottish Government and Trust and Foundation money

Philanthropic funding is added to Scottish Government and Trust and Foundation money

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£0m invested in Scotland’s third sector.

We commit to long-term, flexible funding for a portfolio of charities

We commit to long-term, flexible funding for a portfolio of charities

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0 years of funding possible.

We provide tailored business development support and rigorously evaluate, to drive charities' ambition and long-term development goals

We provide tailored business development support and rigorously evaluate, to drive charities' ambition and long-term development goals

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0 professional volunteers able to support charities alongside our dedicated staff.

Portfolio charities become stronger, more efficient, more accountacble and better governed

Portfolio charities become stronger, more efficient, more accountacble and better governed

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£0m in additional funding raised by our charities.

The portfolio approach creates a collaborative network for sharing knowledge and experience

The portfolio approach creates a collaborative network for sharing knowledge and experience

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0 charities collaborating across 10 funds.

Charities raise more funding, increase their scale, and reach more and more young people for longer

Charities raise more funding, increase their scale, and reach more and more young people for longer

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0+ people supported across Scotland.

Delivering Impact

For a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage

Introducing Working Together, the 2019 Annual Review of our work. Read about the impact of our work across Scotland throughout the past year and our plans for 2019-2020, including our way of working, our model and our 10 social impact funds.

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What we do

We design rigorous and innovative social solutions.

We identify and solve problems on a national scale, working together to get results.

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Thematic funds

We build networks of people, charities and organisations, and fund, design and implement pioneering solutions address Scotland’s deep-rooted social problems.

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Specialist Volunteer Network

Our network of professional volunteers lends vital expert assistance to Scotland’s charities, helping them to build capacity and overcome problems.

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Collaborative working

We solve problems. With our experience, we can help identify social issues, improve practice and maximise impact for charities and organisations.

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2021/22 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund Now Open!
08.04.2021

2021/22 Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund Now Open!

  Inspiring Scotland is now seeking applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund. ¬†Funded by the Scottish Government, it aims to support charities who provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children and families in Scotland‚Äôs most deprived communities. In 2020-21, the fund distributed ¬£380,000 across 23 play charities, reaching more than 5,000 children in

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Delivering Equally Safe Fund-Important Update
25.03.2021

Delivering Equally Safe Fund-Important Update

IMPORTANT UPDATE On the 24th March 2021, the Scottish Government and COSLA issued a joint statement on the Delivering Equally Safe fund. The statement outlines a number of important changes to the fund which have come in with immediate effect. We understand that those who are intending to apply may have questions and we are

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Celebrating International Women’s Day at Inspiring Scotland
08.03.2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Inspiring Scotland

  This March to mark International Women’s Day, a group of Inspiring Scotland¬† staff reflected on their own career experiences to prompt discussion, share stories and connect on all our individual experiences.¬† We #ChooseToChallenge by sharing these reflections today.   We posed these questions and prompts below: ‚ÄĘ How would you choose to challenge gender

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