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Funding Written Answer, 03/05/13 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Neil Bibby's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what the value was in 2012-13 of funds subsumed into the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and how much is available to the voluntary sector from the fund; when it was made aware of possible delays in 2013-14 Third Sector Early Intervention Fund awards to voluntary groups and by what means; what involvement ministers and officials have had in the selection of organisations to be funded from the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund; and what engagement it has had with the Big Lottery Fund Scotland regarding the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF) since it became aware that TSEIF awards would be delayed.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, replied that the value in 2012-13 of the three predecessor funds to the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund was £13.85 million. £30 million is being provided to the voluntary sector over the next two years, with £20 million being provided through the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and a further £10 million through Strategic Funding Partnerships.

The Scottish Government made the decision to reschedule the announcement of the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund in late March 2013.

The Third Sector Early Intervention Fund was managed by BIG in Scotland, the non-lottery arm of the Big Lottery, who made funding decisions.

BIG in Scotland and the Scottish Government have had regular contact since BIG was awarded the contract to manage the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund in November 2012, including in the period following the Scottish Government’s decision to reschedule the announcement of the outcome of the Fund.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 3 May 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 3 May 2013