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About the Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund (CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund).

The CYPFEIF aspect of the Fund aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. The key components of the CYPFEIF Fund are:

  • Promote the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators and the implementation of the UNCRC.
  • Delivery of prevention and early intervention activities.
  • Improving parenting capacity and family support.

The ALEC element of the Fund supports third sector organisations to deliver outcomes that improve opportunities for adult learning and building community capacity. The primary objectives of the ALEC fund are:

  • Prevention and early intervention through adult learning and community capacity building.
  • Supporting the delivery of lifelong, learner-centred adult learning as outlined in the Adult Learning in Scotland Statement of Ambition.
  • Using asset based approaches to work with adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities.

The core funding awards were announced by the Scottish Government in December 2015, with £14 million allocated to third sector organisations for 2016/17. Further to this, the Scottish Government announced an additional £2 million in Project Funding. The Project Funding will be available for charities supporting children, young people, families and adult learning.

CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund 2017 Announcement

The Scottish Government have announced details of the funding awards for organisations being supported through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, including the core funding and project funds.

You can access the Scottish Government press release here: £15 million for families and communities – CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund

Details of the organisations, projects and the amounts awarded can be found using the links below:

See below for more general information on the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund.

Core Funding

Through the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund the Scottish Government has awarded £14 million in 2016-17 to 116 organisations that aim to support children, families and communities across Scotland. The allocations were confirmed in December 2015 and the core funding will run from March 2016 – March 2019.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland will administer and manage the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund. Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland will support the funded organisations with the delivery of their work. In addition, core funded organisations will have a lead policy contact in Scottish Government or Education Scotland. This will provide a link between on the ground practice and policy developments.

The work supported through the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund aligns with Scottish Government priorities across nine different policy areas.

To find out more about the organisations supported through the CYPFEIF and ALEC core funding please follow the links below.

Aberlour Child Care Trust £54,000
Action for Children £115,000
Action for Sick Children Scotland £110,700
Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland £100,000
Adoption UK £45,000
Amina – the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre £70,000
Apex Scotland £80,000
Article 12 in Scotland £53,000
Barnardo’s £300,000
Befriending Networks Ltd £47,000
Bethany Christian Trust £50,000
Birthlink £55,000
Bobath Scotland £50,000
Capability Scotland £73,000
Care & Learning Alliance £45,000
Carers Trust Scotland £116,000
Child Bereavement UK £110,000
Child Poverty Action Group £133,000
CHILDREN 1st £272,000
Children in Scotland £390,000
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland £136,300
Circle (Family Service Unit Scotland) £70,000
Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland £23,000
Comann Nam Parant (Naiseanta) £90,000
Community Law Advice Network £115,000
Contact a Family £81,000
Crossreach £258,000
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland £43,000
Cyrenians £240,000
Down’s Syndrome Scotland £45,000
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award £50,000
Dyslexia Scotland £50,000
Early Years Scotland £226,000
Enable Scotland £75,000
Families Need Fathers £33,000
Families Outside £135,000
Fast Forward (Positive Lifestyles) £100,000
Fathers Network Scotland £70,000
Girlguiding Scotland £60,000
Glasgow ESOL Forum £125,000
Govan Law Centre £116,000
Health & Social Care Alliance £53,000
Home-Start UK £197,000
Includem £80,000
John Muir Trust £17,000
Kindred Advocacy £64,000
Lead Scotland (Linking Education and Disability) £142,500
Learning Link Scotland £65,000
Learning Through Landscapes Trust (LTL) £50,000
LGBT Youth Scotland £75,000
Linknet Mentoring Ltd £10,000
Mellow Parenting £194,000
Mentor UK £85,000
Mindroom £25,000
Missing People £46,000
Moira Anderson Foundation £25,000
Narcolepsy UK £7,500
National Day Nurseries Association £100,000
National Deaf Children’s Society £98,000
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children £100,000
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – ChildLine £198,000
Next Step Initiative £60,000
One Parent Families Scotland £354,000
Outside the Box Development Support £34,000
Parent Network Scotland £100,000
Parenting Across Scotland £100,000
Peeple £110,000
Play Scotland £200,000
Positive Help £25,000
Quarriers £36,000
Rape Crisis Scotland £320,000
Rathbone Training Limited £25,000
Relationships Scotland £1,500,000
Re-Solv £48,000
Saheliya Steering Group £14,000
Save the Children £101,000
Scotland Yard Adventure Centre £90,000
Scotland’s Learning Partnership £37,500
Scottish Alliance for Childrens Rights £31,000
Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments £27,000
Scottish Child Law Centre £140,000
Scottish Childminding Association £285,000
Scottish Community Development Network £15,000
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs £172,000
Scottish Huntington’s Association £40,000
Scottish Mentoring Network £136,000
Scottish Out of School Care Network £184,000
Scottish Spina Bifida Association £80,000
Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum £184,000
Scottish Women’s Aid £102,000
Scottish Youth Parliament £325,000
Scouts Scotland £60,000
Sense Scotland £150,000
Sleep Scotland £76,000
Smart Play Network £93,000
Speech Language Communication Company £86,000
St Andrew’s Children’s Society £40,500
Starcatchers £150,000
Stepping Stones for Families £83,000
The Boys’ Brigade (Scotland) £60,000
The Children’s Parliament £200,000
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust £25,000
The Fostering Network £145,000
The Girls’ Brigade in Scotland £60,000
The Place2Be £90,000
The Prince’s Trust Scotland £150,000
The Spark £400,000
The Venture Trust £45,000
Trellis Scotland £7,500
UP-2-US £66,000
WEA – The Workers Education Association £260,000
Who Cares? Scotland £254,500
Woodcraft Folk Scotland £17,000
Working Rite £40,000
YMCA Scotland £80,000
Youth Scotland £206,000
Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust £40,000

*Barra Children’s CentreSt Andrew’s Children Society, Lucy Faithfull Foundation (Stop it Now) have also been awarded funding for years 2 and 3.

Support and Engagement Programme

The Support and Engagement programme: Support for organisations receiving CYPFEIF & ALEC core and infrastructure funding.

Throughout the 3-year CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, organisations receiving core and infrastructure funding will have the opportunity to engage in our Support and Engagement Programme. This programme will include a number of activities and will aim to support organisations and their staff team to deliver their work successfully, make a positive difference to those they work with and support and also strengthen the Third Sector to increase the effectiveness of services and policies that prioritise prevention and early intervention.

As a grant-making organisation, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland works hard to deliver more than just funding support to organisations and their staff team. Following this approach to capacity building through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund, we will give organisations the opportunity to engage in and receive support beyond their Core Fund award over the 3-year period.

This programme will include an Annual CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund Conference, a series of learning and development workshops, 1-2-1 on-going support, peer support and networking sessions and information and resource sharing. There will also be links to other sources of support, including local and national provision.

To view the Support and Engagement programme for 2016-2017 please click here

To view the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund timeline of activity for 2017-2018 please click here

The first CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund Annual Conference: Exploring Organisational sustainability will take place on March 1st 2017. To view the full conference agenda please click here

For more information about the Support and Engagement programme, please contact a member of the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund team on 0131 444 4030.

Project Funding

Through the CYPFEIF & ALEC project fund, the Scottish Government have awarded funding to 30 innovative projects designed to improve the lives of young people and families. These projects will be delivered between April 2017 and March 2019.

Please note, the deadline for applications to the CYPFEIF & ALEC project fund was 30th September and the online application is now closed. 

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications – 30 September 2016
  • Funding announcements – end 2016
  • Projects start – from April 2017


Evaluation Support Scotland:

  1. Setting Outcomes
  2. Developing a Logical Model
  3. Developing and Using Indicators
  4. More tools, resources and Support Guides on Monitoring and Evaluation are available here.

Improvement Methodology:

Using the Model for Improvement

Education Scotland:

How good is our third sector organisation?

Evidencing the Impact – Learning Link Scotland and Education Scotland


Improvement Methodology

Improvement Methodology is a framework to help organisations plan, development and improve their work. We hosted an introduction to this methodology to help organisations consider how this might support their project and its impact.

To access the Improvement Methodology webinar, click here: Introduction to Improvement Methodology, 12 August – Webinar Recording

Outcomes and Indicators

Developing outcomes and indicators is a vital consideration when planning potential pieces of work. This session looks at how organisations can develop outcomes and indicators as part of their project.

The webinar is available here: Understanding Outcomes and Indicators, 16 August – Webinar Recording 

Children’s Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

This webinar aims to raise awareness of the UNCRC for organisations and their staff as part of their CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund work.

To access the recording of the webinar, click here: Raising Awareness of the UNCRC – 18 January – Webinar Recording

Please note, due to some technical issues experienced during the webinar, the recording starts 8-minutes into the webinar and there were some brief, intermittent sound issues during the session.  

Resources on Children’s Rights:


Click here for a list of the most frequently asked questions in order of:

  • Eligibility
  • Criteria
  • Application Process


The Scottish Government