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Extension to current Support in the Right Direction funding

Extension to current Support in the Right Direction funding

Audit Scotland today published a review of Self-directed Support. As part of their response to the review Scottish Government have announced a six month extension to current funding to 31 September 2018.

The extension is very welcome and will give Scottish Government time to take account of the findings of the current review of Independent Support and work collaboratively to design a funding programme for independent information, advice and advocacy beyond October 2018.

To receive extension funding projects need to inform Inspiring Scotland of plans for the additional six months by way of a short application. Inspiring Scotland will be managing this process. The application brief will be available from Tuesday 5th September to be returned  by Friday 27th October. Guidance notes can be downloaded here.

Support in the Right Direction Fund : To utilise the extension funding available, projects need to set out what they wish to do in the additional six months.

Innovation Fund : A number of projects in this Fund will be coming to a natural conclusion in March 2018. However,  applications to continue work will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Funding is more likely to be available for Innovation Fund projects where there is evidence that they are providing independent support or, if they are able to show that an additional six months of funding will result in a sustainable product or enable their project to take a clear, conclusive, step forward.

All projects should demonstrate their relevance to the implementation of Self-directed support.

For more details Kaylie Allen or Ashley Drennan, Performance Advisors, Self-directed Support

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