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Victim Centred Approach Fund

7th October 2021

The Victim-Centred Approach Fund (VCAF) is a new Scottish Government funding programme which will invest at least £10 million per year to provide practical and emotional support to victims, survivors and witnesses of crime across Scotland.

The first round of the VCAF will open for applications in October 2021 and funding is available for three years from April 2022 until March 2025.

We are currently inviting organisations to register their interest in applying to the VCAF. See

Applications are welcome from third sector organisations, community interest companies and public bodies that have a focus on providing support to victims, survivors and witnesses of crime in Scotland.

Applications can be for core funding, project funding or a mixture of both. We anticipate the majority of applications for core funding to come from third sector organisations. The VCAF is not designed to provide core support for mainstream public services. However, public bodies who deliver bespoke services for victims that are not mainstreamed within public sector budgets may be eligible to apply for core funding. If you work in the public sector and feel this is an approach you may wish to take please contact us to discuss.

We would welcome applications which can contribute towards delivery of one or more of the following VCAF priorities:

victims and witnesses will have access to practical and emotional support, regardless of: whereabouts in Scotland they live; the nature or severity of the crime; whether it has been reported; or what stage of the justice journey they are at
victims and witnesses will have access to joined-up services that are inclusive and accessible to all, provide streamlined support, and reduce the need for victims to recount their experiences to several different organisations
families bereaved by crime committed in Scotland or abroad will have access to specialist practical and emotional support
victims/survivors of gender based violence will have access to consistent and professional specialist criminal justice advocacy support
adult victims of human trafficking and/or slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour will have access to support and assistance

To register your interest in the VCAF please complete this form.

Please note that you will still be able to apply to the VCAF if you haven't registered your interest.