The Voluntary Action Fund is managing the Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government Public Bodies and Public Service Reform Division.

People in Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision making to help make public services more locally focused. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector. The conversation forms part of the Scottish Government Local Governance Review.

The Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund is a specific fund that will contribute to the Democracy Matters conversation. The aim of the Fund is to encourage local community groups to contribute to the conversation.

Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fundprovides grants of up to £300 (in exceptional circumstances up to £500) to small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland to help them hold a meeting/event with a group of five or more people to discuss what matters to them in relation to democracy.

Groups and voluntary organisations with a turnover of up to £100,000 can apply for a grant to run an event and cover costs such as venue hire, catering, childcare and inclusive communication such as interpreters.  Further information is available on the VAF website

The deadline for applications is Friday 14 September 2018 and grant awards will be made on a weekly basis so early applications are encouraged.

Thank you for your support in promoting this important opportunity for local groups to discuss local democracy and what it means to them.

Democracy Matters: Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future.