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Scottish Veterans Fund Provides Support During Cost-of-Living Crisis

Veterans from Highland Perthshire will be able to benefit from a £500,000 Scottish Government fund. The Scottish Veterans’ Fund aims to help improve the lives of military personnel and their families in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis.

The fund also targets veterans who left the Services early promoting collaboration between veterans and non-veterans organisations.

Scotland’s Veterans Secretary, Keith Brown said: “Scotland’s veterans community has given a great deal to society and it is right that we do all we can to provide the best possible care and support when they return to civilian life.

“It is important that the fund responds to issues that veterans are currently facing and this year we are looking to support projects that will help veterans and their families through the cost of living crisis.”

Scottish Veterans Commissioner Susie Hamilton added: “The priorities of supporting vulnerable early service leavers and those most affected by the current cost crisis are particularly welcome and important in the current difficult circumstances.”

Since the Scottish Government created the fund in 2008 almost 200 individual projects have been supported, receiving more than £2.3 million. In 2021, the annual funding provided was more than doubled to £500,000, with individual projects now able to bid for up to £50,000 a year.

Bids received for the Scottish Veterans’ Fund will be assessed by an independent panel and the fund is due to close on 19 November 2022.

Veterans can find more information and the application form here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-veterans-fund-information/

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