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Our 'three approaches' to funding

What people-led, strengths-based and connected mean for you and for us
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Our mission as a funder is to help communities and people most in need.

We believe that the following three approaches are vital to help us achieve our mission and address inequality in Scotland, and we will fund activity that embraces these.

If you are applying for funding, we will ask you to tell us how you will take these three approaches in your activity. This will be important when we consider your application. Find out what support you can access to apply our three approaches in your work in the support pages.

We aim to take these three approaches as a funder. This means having more conversations with the people applying for funding, and getting people involved in decision-making in their area. We will build our own knowledge so that we can spend less time asking for evidence of need and more time finding out if what’s proposed will be effective. We will keep up-to-date information and relationships across all 32 local authorities to make sure we understand what's happening in your area, so that we make the best funding decisions we can.