The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is set to launch a third round of the Carers Act Transformation Support (CATS) Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, to give third sector organisations involved in the local implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 the opportunity to apply for small grants to support their work.

The Scottish Government is investing around £400,000 in 2019/2020 to provide funding to third sector organisations to allow them to continue to develop local capacity, systems and processes to support their role in implementation of the Act.

In Rounds 1 and 2 SCVO was able to distribute grants to support 47 applications from organisations across Scotland to develop their capacity through improvements to their systems and/or technology. One year on from the implementation of the Act, Round 3 of the fund will continue to support this type of activity and also look at supporting other organisational development activities.

The applications process and supporting guidance is being finalised with a view to CATS 3 opening up to applications w/c 3rd June 2019 – to register your interest emailcarers@scvo.org.uk.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said: “SCVO is delighted to be managing a third round of the CATS fund on behalf of the Scottish Government as it recognises both the vital role that Scotland’s third sector has in the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act, and the need to financially support organisations to do this successfully. We want to help charities across the country develop their processes and procedures to ensure they have the capacity to meet the opportunities and challenges the Act presents in their communities. I would encourage eligible organisations involved in this work to apply.”

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “Carers play a much valued role in society and the Carers Act gives them rights to support which enables them look after their own health and wellbeing. Our funding will help charities improve their local capacity and systems, so that unpaid carers across the country can accessthe support and advice they need.”