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S5W-21256: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £7.5 million Innovation Fund committed to in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan has been spent; which organisations have received funding, including any that successfully bid for money via application, and how much each received.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 March 2019

The Innovation Fund is a joint fund between the Scottish Government and the Hunter Foundation, each contributing £5m and £2.5m respectively over the life of Every Child, Every Chance .

Following an application process eight organisations were successful in securing funding from the fund. We also agreed with the Hunter Foundation to invest this financial year in organisations that form part of our Social Innovation Partnership (SIP) to allow them to expand the work they do to tackle child poverty. The following table details the organisations awarded funding, awards for 2018-19 and indicative awards, yet to be finalised, for 2019-20:

New organisations via application

Award – 2018-19

Award (indicative) 2019-20

Clackmannanshire Council

No spend


Clyde Gateway



Covey Befriending






MCR Pathways



Midlothian Sure Start



North Lanarkshire Council






Monitoring costs




Existing SIP organisation




One Parent Families Scotland



Radiant & Brighter



Street Soccer Scotland









An update on all actions committed to within the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan will be published by the end of June 2019.