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University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre

99 George Street


G1 1RD

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**Resources for participants**

Funding for the Future Briefing

Funding for the Future Briefing (large print version)

Participant Pack

Participant Pack (large print version)

This conference provides an exciting, important and unique opportunity for funders of all types and third sector organisations in Scotland to explore how they can work together more effectively to contribute to a fairer, prosperous and sustainable Scotland.

Participants will be able to develop their shared understanding of the current funding environment in Scotland and identify improvement priorities through a mix of plenary and workshop sessions. You can see the conference programme below.

This conference is intended as a first stage, with organisers committed to supporting ongoing progress on the priority actions arising from the conference through, for example, working groups and future national and regional events.


Participation at the conference is open and free of charge, to Chief Officers and senior representatives of the following types of organisation.

  • Funders from the public sector
  • Scottish and UK independent grant-making Trusts
  • Scottish and UK corporate funders
  • Scottish and UK Social Investors
  • Scottish national and local third sector organisations


There are 150 places at the conference. Registration will be managed to support balanced representation across the different types of organisation above.

The conference is funded by the Scotland Funders’ Forum which is jointly organising the event with the ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations), and is supported by:

  • Improvement Service
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Scottish Grant-Making Trusts Group
  • Scottish Social Investment Forum
  • Third Sector Unit, Scottish Government
  • Voluntary Action Scotland


10:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

11.00 -11.40 Morning Plenary: Setting the Scene

Chair: Pat Armstrong, CEO, ACOSVO


  • Naseem Wali, Manager, Minority Communities Addiction Services
  • Edel Harris, Chief Executive, Cornerstone
  • Kenneth Ferguson, Director, Robertson Trust
  • Representative from COSLA, tbc
  • Amanda Callaghan, Head of Promoting Prevention Team, in the Directorate for Children and Families

11.45: Workshops


1. How can availability, security and duration of all types of funding for the third sector be improved, including grants, loans and fee for services? What are the opportunities for funding innovation?

Facilitator: Carolyn Sawers, Deputy Chief Executive, Corra Foundation

2. How can applying for funding by third sector organisations be made as easy and effective as possible?

Facilitator: Lesley MacDonald, Head of Giving, Robertson Trust

3. How can third sector organisations be supported to develop their capacity, effectiveness, resilience and sustainability?

Facilitator: Steve McCreadie, CEO, The Lens

4. How can funding and third sector organisations work together to increase investment and delivery of measures which support prevention and early action across economic, social and environmental issues?

Facilitator: Dan Paskins, Chair, Early Action Funders’ Alliance and Senior Head of Portfolio Development, Big Lottery Fund

5. How can third sector organisations be supported more effectively to capture robust evidence on their impact and how this was achieved?

Facilitator: tbc

6. How can third sector organisations and funders collaborate to share learning and influence wider improvements to practice and policy more effectively?

Facilitator: Maddy Halliday, Convenor, Scotland Funders’ Forum and CEO, Life Changes Trust

13.15 – 14:20 Lunch and Networking

14:25 – 16:00 Afternoon Plenary – Feedback and Moving Forward

Chair: Maddy Halliday, Convenor Scotland Funders’ Forum


  • Jamila Hassan, Manager, Together Better for Life
  • Theresa Shearer, CEO, Enable Scotland
  • Martin Cawley, CEO, Big Lottery Fund (Scotland)
  • Councillor Peter Johnston, Health and Social Care Spokesperson, COSLA
  • Gareth Allen, Strategic Lead Higher Education Funding, Governance, and Student Support, Scottish Government

14.25 Feedback and discussion of action points on each topic

15:50 Conclusion: reflection, next steps, thanks and close

(Please note, this programme is subject to change)

If you would like further information on 'Funding for the Future', please see the conference plan here

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University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre

99 George Street


G1 1RD

United Kingdom

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Organiser Scotland Funders' Forum and ACOSVO

Organiser of Funding for the Future

The Scotland Funders’ Forum is a gathering of funders in Scotland, including statutory bodies and independent grant making trusts, who are committed to best practice in funding the voluntary and community sector and to maximising the impact of funding for the benefit of Scotland. We come together to share information, to identify and address areas of common interest and to share best practice and learning.




Established in 2000, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) is a membership organisation for third sector leaders and senior staff in Scotland. We have a growing membership of over 400 leaders and this membership ranges from those who lead smaller, community-based organisations to those who head up some of the largest charities in Scotland.

ACOSVO exists to support, strengthen and inspire leaders. We do this by providing a wide range of topical events, development opportunities and relevant services.


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