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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07381: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what financial support it provides to third sector organisations that provide services for veterans.

Answered by: Keith Brown 2 March 2017

The Scottish Government provides funding to a range of third sector organisations that deliver services for veterans. These include the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to support the Community Jobs Scotland programme, Combat Stress for the provision of specialist mental health support, Scottish Veterans Garden City Association to build homes for disabled veterans and £464,000 since 2008 to the sectors umbrella organisation, Veterans Scotland, to support its activities.

Further, the Scottish Government has invested £833,316.88 to date via the Scottish Veterans Fund to support 125 projects delivered by third sector organisations across the country that provide services for veterans. Full details on the organisations and grants awarded was lodged with SPICe on 2 November 2016 in answer to
SW-04070 (Bib number 58314).

The Scottish Veterans Fund will be expanded to £600,000 over the next three year thanks to a contribution of £80,000 per year from Standard Life. Additionally, for the first time the Fund will include the opportunity for multi-year projects which will enhance employment opportunities amongst the veterans’ community. I will announce successful applicants and awards in March.