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Informing Scotland - Armed Forces and Veterans Champions Gathering 2018

The annual Informing Scotland Champions Armed Forces and Veterans gathering took place in the Edinburgh City Chambers on 1st October 2018.

We are grateful to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh for kindly allowing us to use their facilities and we see this as a further development of last year’s successful event.

As in previous years, the target audience looked to included AF&V Champions from across Scotland, from local authorities, police, NHS, DWP and others as well as statutory and voluntary/third sector organisations.  


The Scottish Veterans Fund

Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund has already allocated more than £1.3 million to over 150 projects that provide advice, help and support to veterans across Scotland, ranging from employability and housing support to befriending and wellbeing projects.

This year’s round of funding completes the current allocation of around £600,000 of funding, including £240,000 from Standard Life Aberdeen and £360,000 from the Scottish Government, made available through the Scottish Veterans Fund in the three years to 2019/20.

The Scottish Veterans Fund is now open to applications until 30 November 2018. As this is the last year of the current Fund applicants are only able to submit bids for one year projects.

Access via the links to both the Grant Application Guidance and Grant Application Forms are shown below:

Grant Application Guidance

Grant Application Form

Support to improve lives.

Veterans and ex-Service charities across Scotland are to benefit from support from the Scottish Veterans Fund for areas such as the transition from military to civilian life, healthcare, housing and employment.

Organisations are encouraged to bid for funding to deliver projects tackling these issues and those offering new or innovative approaches to increasing opportunities for veterans.

Speaking at the 2018 Armed Forces and Veterans Champions Annual Gathering in Edinburgh, Veterans Minster Graeme Dey said:

“Veterans enrich our society and deserve the highest level of advice, support and care, which is why the Scottish Government remains committed to supporting them and their families.

“This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Veterans Fund with more than £1.3 million already given to over 150 projects throughout Scotland since 2008. These projects and initiatives provide essential support to our veterans community. I look forward to seeing a strong portfolio of applications again this year.”

Sandy Macdonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen said:

“We’re delighted to continue our support for The Scottish Veterans Fund. Ex-Service personnel have a hugely positive impact in our business and the communities we operate in. Sadly, some veterans continue to face barriers in making the transition from military to civilian life. This Fund supports great projects breaking down these barriers and creating opportunities for veterans to achieve continued success in their lives after they’ve served”

Chris Hughes, Executive Chairman of Veterans Scotland said:
“Veterans Scotland  welcomes this continuing support which will directly benefit those leaving the Services and veterans and their families.”


Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund has invested in excess of £1.3 million to a host of veterans and ex-Service charities and organisations that provide advice, help and support to the thousands of veterans leaving the Armed Forces.

This year’s financial support will complete the current allocation of £600,000, including £240,000 from Standard Life Aberdeen, which was made available through the Scottish Veterans Fund in the three years to 2019/20.

Around £200,000 of funding is allocated in each year of the three years.  Almost £109,000 has already been allocated to multi-year projects in 2019/20, leaving over £91,000 of funding available.

Applications forms and guidance will be available shortly on the Veterans Scotland website and the fund closes on 30 November 2018.

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