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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

£500,000 Scottish Veterans Fund opens


The SNP Government’s veterans support fund is now open to help improve the lives of former service personnel and their families across North Ayrshire and Scotland.

A key priority for this year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is to make sure veterans and their families are supported in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis.


The fund will also target support for veterans who have left the Services early, and promote collaboration between veterans charities and non-veterans organisations.

Since the SNP Government created the fund in 2008 almost 200 individual projects have been supported, receiving more than £2.3 million.

In 2021, the annual funding provided was more than doubled to £500,000, with individual projects now able to bid for up to £50,000 a year.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“While times are difficult for many, it is extremely important that veterans organisations respond to issues that veterans are currently facing.

“This year’s funding is for projects that will help veterans and their families through the cost of living crisis.

“Scotland’s veterans community has given a great deal to society and it is right that we do all we can to provide the best possible care and support when they return to civilian life.”

The Scottish Veterans Fund is due to close on 19 November 2022.

Bids received for the Scottish Veterans Fund are assessed by an independent panel which is selected and chaired by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Susie Hamilton.

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