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New fund aims to address poverty and trauma in Scotland

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Partners in Change is open to organisations with a turnover of £2m and over

A new fund has been launched to address poverty and trauma in Scotland.

Partners in Change is for organisations working in Scotland with a charitable purpose and a turnover above £2 million, including registered charities, housing associations, Community Interest Companies, universities and credit unions. 

Created by the Robertson Trust, it aims to generate fresh, deep perspectives and get behind ambitious approaches which prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of poverty and trauma on our society. 

The new fund, which is seeking expressions of interest from a range of qualifying organisations by 3 June, will focus on the concept of change, and its application to how services and support for people experiencing poverty and/or trauma are designed and delivered. In line with the trust's strategy, organisations should be seeking to address one or more of the following; financial wellbeing, emotional wellbeing and relationships and educational and work pathways. 

The trust plans to work with six to 10 organisations in this initial round of funding, to fund their work through Partners in Change. In doing so, it hopes to gain a better understanding of the drivers of, and barriers to, change around services and support. 

Funding of up to £150,000 per year for a three-year period for outstanding proposals will be offered. A second stage for full proposals will follow for shortlisted applicants.

Director Jim McCormick said: "Emerging from the pandemic, Partners in Change will enable the Robertson Trust to get behind ambitious change plans to shift the problems of poverty and trauma in Scotland. I am delighted we will be able to support up to 10 partners with £50,000 to £150,000 a year for three years on outstanding approaches to change.

"We are keen to learn alongside them – to understand what helps and hinders in achieving these ambitions. If your organisation has a charitable purpose, works in Scotland with an income above £2m, we look forward to hearing your ideas."

For more information and to register your interest, visit the website.



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