About Voluntary Action Fund (VAF): Our History
The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is a long-established independent grant-making body which invests in voluntary organisations and community groups across Scotland.
Through our programmes we provide funding and support to a wide range of local and national organisations to tackle disadvantage, challenge inequality and build strong, safe communities.
Over the last 30 years the Voluntary Action Fund has distributed more than £90 million in grants across Scotland.
From its inception, VAF has had a distinctive approach to grant making which involves providing more than just money. In addition to financial support, we work with funded organisations to build their capacity to achieve more. We believe this funding + support package and our constructive relationships with organisations produce greater outcomes and change.
In the Beginning.....
In 1982 we first emerged as the Unemployed Voluntary Action Fund (UVAF) managed under the auspices of the Carnegie UK Trust. In response to the economic and social challenges of the day, the initial Scotland-wide fund of £400,000 aimed to support volunteering opportunities for unemployed people, in health projects, social services and community development.
In 1990 UVAF became an independent charitable organisation. Later, as the scope of the funding expanded, the name changed and in 2003 the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) was reborn as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
Our work is testament to how financial investment together with targeted support can bring about real change in our communities.
Our Grant Making....
Our grant-making currently falls into the following main streams:
Grants that support volunteering and community action.
Grants that promote equality and tackle discrimination.
Grants that tackle intra-Christian sectarianism across Scotland.
Grants that tackle all forms of violence against women and girls.
Grants that provide services for older people in Glasgow.
Grants that tackle social isolation and loneliness.