West Lothian Voluntary Organisation Modernisation and Improvement Fund

In September 2019 West Lothian Council approved an allocation of £200,000 from one off resources to create a fund for voluntary organisations to help them to modernise and transform their organisation. The focus of the fund is to support voluntary organisations to become more sustainable, by testing or implementing key changes, as well as support the Council to deliver its strategic priorities as set out in the Corporate Plan.

The Voluntary Organisation Modernisation and Improvement Programme will be delivered through two strands; a Business Transformation Programme and Direct grants to organisations.

Business Transformation Programme

The Business Transformation Programme will be delivered in two stages:

  • Stage 1 - A Business Transformation Taster Session
  • Stage 2 - A series of Expert Help Workshops

The Business Transformation Programme will be tailored to the needs of organisations to ensure that they have the capacity to deliver their plan to modernise and improve their business going forward.

The Modernisation and Improvement Grant

In addition to the Business Transformation Programme (BTP) there is the opportunity to apply for specific funding of up to £10,000 to help implement the improvements identified.

These grants will be for discrete time bound pieces of work only. This fund is not to be used to fund existing work, funding gaps, fundraising or core costs but must be used to transform the organisation to strengthen its sustainability going forward.

Who can apply to the Fund?

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, with an annual turnover of under £1M, that deliver services to residents of West Lothian either solely or primarily

How much can be applied for?

The maximum grant available to individual organisations is £10,000.

How to apply

Access to the programme is through an application based process using the Icon for word West Lothian Voluntary Organisation Modernisation and Improvement Fund [81.01KB] application form.

Further information about the application process and how to apply can be found in the Icon for word West Lothian Voluntary Organisation Modernisation and Improvement Fund Guidance Notes. [280.68KB]

The deadline for application is 08.00 A.M., Monday, 27 January 2020.

Completed applications, along with any supporting documentation, should be e-mailed to RegenerationTeam@westlothian.gov.uk or posted to:

Graham Whitelaw, Information Officer,
Community Planning and Regeneration
West Lothian Civic Centre
Howden South Road
Livingston
EH54 6FF

Help and Advice

If you require further information or advice about the application process or assistance with your application form please contact either Douglas Grierson, Community Regeneration Officer, on 01506 281088 or email douglas.grierson@westlothian.gov.uk; or Graham Whitelaw, Information Officer on 01506 281101 or e-mail graham.whitelaw@westlothian.gov.uk .