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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Scottish Veterans Fund Opens for Applications

Organisations that want to work with veterans and their families are being urged to apply to the Scottish Veterans Fund, which benefits former services personnel.

The fund, supported by the SNP Government and Standard Life Aberdeen, backs projects that provide new or innovative approaches to improving the lives of veterans.

This year also sees the fund emphasise that it is open to supporting schemes that help the families of veterans, not just those who have previously served.

Since its inception in 2008, the fund has backed more than 150 projects across Scotland, investing more than £1.4 million.

It is particularly aimed at helping the veterans community overcome any disadvantage experienced as a result of service, as well as supporting projects that help veterans and their families successfully transition to civilian life.

Mr Dey said:

“Veterans are a great asset to our country.

“I am delighted to announce this continued support for those who have served in our armed forces and their families.

“Over the years, the projects funded have provided unique and innovative approaches to aiding our veterans community.

“I look forward to seeing the bids that veterans organisations put forward and warmly welcome those that work with families to consider applying to this valuable fund.”

Executive Chairman of Veterans Scotland Chris Hughes added:

“Veterans Scotland welcomes this continuing support which will directly benefit those leaving the Services and veterans and their families.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“I believe the way we look after our veterans reflects on us as a fair and compassionate society.

“Therefore I am delighted that the SNP Government will continue to support the veterans sector through the Scottish Veterans Fund for the next three years, up to 2022/23.

“The funding available for this year totals £200,000, of which £120,000 comes from the SNP Government and £80,000 from Standard Life Aberdeen.

Applications forms and guidance are available on the Veterans Scotland website and I hope organisations such as Veterans First Point Ayrshire & Arran, which is based in Irvine and serves veterans across North Ayrshire, will apply before the deadline of 30 November 2019.”


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