The Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) is open for applications.
The purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the costs associated with meeting required registration qualification criteria as set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and to assist employers in achieving a qualified workforce.
Small and medium-sized organisations in the voluntary sector find it particularly hard to meet the cost and are encouraged to apply. Voluntary organisations can apply for funds towards the costs of engaging assessors/verifiers to carry out assessment/verification of candidates, who are employed in the categories of the workforce eligible for VSDF funding and who are undertaking qualifications that meet SSSC registration requirements.
VSDF funds can also be used to support the achievement of accepted Assessor/Verifier qualifications, providing the organisation can demonstrate that such use of funding will be directed specifically at supporting the assessment of workers who are employed in the categories and timescales eligible for VSDF funding and who are undertaking qualifications that meet SSSC registration requirements.
Organisations should be registered with the Care Inspectorate and be able to provide their Care Inspectorate registration number.
The priorities for funding in 2019/202 are:
- Housing Support Services – priority will be given to Support Workers.
- Care at Home Services – priority will be given to Support Workers.
- Performance of Organisation – priority will be given to organisations that have made the best use of funds in previous years.
A total fund of around £900,000 is available for the 2019/20 round.
The maximum contribution for each worker undertaking the SVQ (level 6) is £1,200 and up to £24,000 is available to any one voluntary organisation.
The closing date for applications is 6 September 2019 (5pm).
More information on the Voluntary Sector Development Fund can be found here – https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02721/en-us