The Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) supports voluntary sector organisations providing social services registered with the Care Inspectorate.

We administer the VSDF on behalf of the Scottish Government. Around £900,000 is available during 2017/18 to contribute to costs associated with staff meeting the required registration qualification criteria we set.

VSDF funding helps employers to achieve a qualified workforce and we would particularly like small and medium-sized organisations to apply.

Workers eligible for support this year, as agreed by us, the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Government are:

  • support workers in housing support and care at home services.

A maximum of £1,200 is available for each worker who undertakes the SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 6 after 1 January 2018. 

The register for support workers in housing support and care at home services opens on 2 October 2017.

We want to support as many staff as possible to meet the required registration qualification with the funding available and get value for money. There will also be an upper ceiling of £25,000 that any one organisation can receive.

Download the application here. You should read the guidance notes before completing the application.

Please send completed applications to: VSDF@sssc.uk.com by 1 September 2017.

For more information or if you have any questions please email: VSDF@sssc.uk.com