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Policy actions 2 of 3

Funding to help tackle poverty and inequality

We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling poverty and increasing social inclusion in our society.

So we have created a range of funding streams to help agencies and local communities tackle inequalities.

Empowering Communities Fund

The £20 million Empowering Communities Fund, established in 2015, enables communities to tackle poverty and inequality and take forward regeneration in their areas on their own terms. This helps communities find solutions that work for them and to deliver long-term improvements.

Funding has been allocated to hundreds of projects across Scotland providing training, employment, healthy eating and volunteering opportunities.

The Empowering Communities Fund is the overall package of support for programmes such as the People and Communities Fund, Strengthening Communities Programme and Community Ownership Support Service.

The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

This £15 million Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund has been awarded to third sector organisations that tackle inequalities and poverty, support parents and carers, improve learning and build skills.

It replaced the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and Strategic Funding Partnerships and is designed to help children, families and communities across Scotland.

In September 2016 we commissioned research to help assess whether the overall vision for the Fund is being achieved, and to help us make future decisions around this area of funding.