John Swinney has announced a new fund aimed at reducing inequality by helping young people and their families through early years intervention.
The £16 million fund, provided by The Family and Communities Fund has been announced to provide help for both children and families by offering support, which includes training in looking after children and perinatal services.
The three-year fund will focus on early years intervention and will provide more certainty for third sector organisations to plan and deliver services.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, said: “Scotland’s dynamic third sector plays a crucial role in helping the Scottish Government achieve its aim of all children growing up healthy, happy and safe.
“This work improves outcomes for young people and families and helps to tackles inequalities in our society.
“Early intervention is the key to addressing a wide range of challenges from early learning to child protection and adverse childhood experiences.
“We know there is the energy and innovation in our third sector, and whether it is helping children who are caring for a relative or using adult learning to break the cycle of poverty, the organisations benefiting from this fund will help make a real difference.”
Applications open to third sector organisations in June with funding being made available from April 2020, The Corra Foundation have been appointed administrators.
The new fund will replace the Children, Young People and Families Early Interventions and Empowering Communities Fund, which will come to an end in March 2020.