The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme Are you looking to access the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to create a 100% funded job, or jobs, for those aged 16 to 24 who are out of work?
Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding, and there is no limit on the number of six-month job placements you can request. However, if you are employing less than 30 Kickstart roles you need to apply through an intermediary representative organisation. SCVO is able to act as a representative and support you with your application submission. We can also offer wraparound support services which can be claimed as part of your application (up to £1,500 per placement). This can include employment support, set up costs, and training & equipment expenses.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for should:

  • be for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months
  • be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
  • help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

*support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
*support with CV and interview preparations
*supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork


How Communities are responding to Covid.

How communities are responding to Covid-19

Public Health Scotland would like to understand more about how communities have responded to the impact of Covid-19 on the way we live our lives, right now and in the next few months, and how local community groups and organisations have supported this. We are looking for examples in two areas:
• Firstly, how communities have adapted to the challenge of how we get around – has the way you travel changed as a result of Covid-19? Perhaps by walking, wheeling and cycling more, or as a result of changes to public and community transport services. What impact has this had?

• Secondly, we are looking for examples of how communities and organisations have used their local areas differently by adapting streets and spaces, for example for children’s outdoor play or for leisure and relaxation, or how they have used or changed existing spaces for example parks, areas with trees or grass.
If you have examples to share you can submit your information and we will be in touch with you. Click on link below

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Events Scotland Fund now open

The Events Industry Support Fund will comprise of a one-off grant of £10,000 to support businesses in the events industry, particularly those in the supply chain that are facing hardship and will be awarded as they are received.

We’re delivering the fund with our EventScotland team on behalf of the Scottish Government, with development input from the newly formed Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG). The funding was announced as part of a £10 million package of support on 26 July by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture to help the events industry, parts of which are not yet able to reopen, and those which can are operating with limited numbers and other changes in light of the pandemic. This will help to ensure that these businesses are able to support the delivery of events in Scotland as we recover from coronavirus. This fund will support businesses which have not received Scottish Government sponsored COVID-related funding from other schemes and which meet the eligibility criteria. This includes suppliers working to organise, stage and deliver business and meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions (MICE) events and/or cultural and sporting events and festivals in Scotland, which are open to the public.

Applications for the fund will open from noon on Monday 31 August 2020 until noon on Monday 14 September 2020. To find out all the details go to