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ILF Scotland Transition Fund Now Open!

ILF Scotland has now opened the Transition Fund! The Fund will initially support those aged between 16 and 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.

The Fund will provide short term grants (with £5 million of funding available per year) to young disabled people, providing them with opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities, creating a lasting impact on their lives.


Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said:

“We want everyone in society to have the same quality of life, and providing support to disabled people is one of the areas we have worked on. This Transition Fund will support young disabled people to take up opportunities to contribute to and participate in their communities, to help them live as independently as possible.

“We have worked directly with disabled people to develop this fund and to ensure that we give people choices and treat them with the fairness, dignity and respect they deserve. I would encourage all those who are eligible to apply for funding to do so now.”


Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:

“I’m delighted this fund is now open for application. Our Disability Action Plan lists a number of actions to transform the lives of disabled people in Scotland and that includes actions setting out to tackle the inequalities and barriers faced by disabled young people, including tackling social isolation, employment opportunities and improving lives at points of transition.”

Young disabled people will be able to apply to the Transition Fund for a grant to enable them to participate in activities in their communities they have never had the opportunity to before, such as joining a club or a class.

Ryan Cuzen, an individual looking to apply to the Transition Fund, said:

“I see this fund as a positive step forward and a gate opener for young disabled folk in transition to improve their lifestyle and to get out and about.

“I want to be able to try new adult orientated activities, like mixed martial arts, and applying to the Transition Fund would give me the chance to do this.

“The hope is that the fund will give young disabled people, including myself, more confidence and help to develop community social skills.”

Peter Scott, CEO of ILF Scotland, remarked:

“We are thrilled that our Transition Fund is now open, providing a real opportunity for young disabled people to break down social barriers, and to fully participate in their communities, enhancing their independence.

“Disabled people, their organisations and their carers have been at the heart of developing this fund and its implementation. We will continue to work closely with them to maximise positive outcomes and the impact of the Transition Fund for young disabled people.”

To find out more information about the Transition Fund, the full eligibility criteria and how to apply, please go to the Transition Fund section of our website here.

Food for Thought

small-food-for-thoughtJoin us on Tuesday 24th January at 3.45pm to find out more about Food for Thought.

Now that Phase 4 projects are drawing to a close this is an opportunity to share your experiences with other colleagues. It’s also a chance to talk about your evaluations and ask any questions you may have. For anyone who hasn’t had Food for Thought Funding before but would like to know more about it, please do join our live session.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Food for Thought.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Digital Xtra Fund now open!

digital world eyeThis new fund will support Scotland’s drive to attract more young people into digital careers by widening access to extracurricular and enrichment activities that bring technology to life.

The new Digital Xtra fund will be dedicated to ensuring that every child across the country has the opportunity to benefit from exciting and challenging digital activities such as after school coding clubs, competitions and innovative classroom programmes.

The £250,000 fund will be administered centrally by Skills Development Scotland and will accept applications from a wide range of organisations across Scotland such as education providers and schools, the voluntary sector and employers. 

Applications and full criteria and documentation are available online via the Public Contracts Scotland website.

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 17 June 2016.  All questions or queries should be submitted via the Public Contracts Scotland portal.  Any issues with registration please contact PCS helpline direct on 0800 222 9003



Into Civil Engineering: Grants for Students

ICEThe Institution of Civil Engineers is offering young people interested in studying civil engineering the opportunity to apply for funding.  The offer is available for school leavers aged between 18 – 25 living in Scotland.

For more information  access the IntoCivilEngineeringflyer.  Download the into-civil-engineering-scholarship-application here.

Equalities Funding available to employers

A fund to help employers recruit more Modern PWP_1937Apprentices from diverse backgrounds has been launched by Skills Development Scotland.

The Employers’ Equality Action Fund offers grants of between £3000 and £10,000 to private, public and voluntary sector employers to run pilot projects aimed at improving access to Modern Apprenticeships amongst under-represented groups.

The aim of the fund is to encourage innovative and pro-active approaches to increasing uptake of Modern Apprenticeships amongst young people who are either from a black or minority ethnic community,  have a disability or have a care background.

The fund is also aimed at encouraging more young men and women to consider a Modern Apprenticeship in an occupation traditionally considered as being dominated by the opposite sex.

More information available here.

DYW local authority funding for 2015/16

On 15th September, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, announced £5.8 million Developing the Young Workforce funding for local authorities for 2015-16. This is intended to help local government to provide increased opportunities for high quality work-related learning for all young people and you can find more information at: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-5-8-million-for-Scotland-s-young-workforce-1cf2.aspx  The Scottish Government has since written to local authority Chief Executives setting out more details on the purpose of this funding and the allocation for each local authority.

An additional £1 million has also been made available to colleges in 2015-16 to support them to work in partnership with schools and employers to help support more young people towards jobs. You can find more information on this at: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-1-million-to-support-colleges-1e66.aspx