Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund

A small grants fund supporting targeted youth work opportunities to address social isolation and loneliness amongst young people in Scotland.

Fund Status: Closed

Please note that round three of funding for 2023 is now closed for applications.

The wellbeing of young people is a shared national concern and it has never been a more pressing concern. We know from recent research that young people are the age group most likely to report that they are experiencing isolation and loneliness.

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to addressing social isolation and loneliness, YouthLink Scotland has received £150,000 to allocate small grants to youth work groups and organisations to help them support young people most affected by social isolation and loneliness.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to eligible organisations.

Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (Round Three)

You can download the following documents for more information about the fund

Funded Projects
(PDF, 414 KB)
Guidance For Applicants
(PDF, 147 KB)
Download Our Annual Report 2022/23
(PDF, 693 KB)
Organisations in 15 Local Authority Areas
No of Young People Reached

“B (young person) revealed to staff that there had been some serious financial challenges at home over the past couple of years which had been the cause of some of the stress, leading to isolation and a feeling of helplessness. Learning about the challenges B and her family were facing, we were able to access an emergency fund to help short term, and signpost the family on to debt relief, food, and fuel support. B and the family are now less isolated and much more connected to the community, and The WHY Project as a trusted local point of contact when in need of support or signposting” (The Wee Haven Youth Project).

Contact our grants administration team

We’re always around for a chat if you want to run ideas by us need help of any kind. If you need further information or support please contact Jane Dailly (National Grants Manager) and Donna Tobin (National Grants Administrator).