MSPs call for additional funding support for third sector
A Holyrood Committee is calling on the Scottish Government to increase its equalities and third sector funding support and for all public bodies to look at innovative ways to fund the third sector.
In its pre-budget report, the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee said the work of the third sector is vital in realising equalities and human rights in Scotland, but how it is funded needs reviewed.
Reduced and short-term funding, the Committee heard, has led to job insecurity, loss of talent, and essential services either being reduced or stopped altogether, directly affecting the communities and vulnerable people who rely on them.
The Committee welcomed the Scottish Government’s move to a three-year funding model, but considers that more can be done to ensure that more people benefit from the support services provided by charities promoting equalities and human rights.
Competition for funding between organisations acts as a disincentive for organisations to work together. Public bodies could give longer notice of applications for funding, helping smaller organisations to apply and enabling them to work collaboratively.
Applications should be made more inclusive, so diverse groups have equality of opportunity, otherwise particular groups will be further disadvantaged by the funding process.