Spotlight on Volunteering

Spotlight on the Volunteering Impact Fund


The Volunteering Impact Fund (VIF) was established to help you run the best projects you can, for your volunteers, beneficiaries and the wider community. Only projects that are local and hands-on volunteering activities will be granted funding.


You can apply for funding for any amount up to £500 to run creative, positive and effective volunteering projects. However, additional funding may be considered for exceptional projects. This fund is for Volunteering Groups, Sports Clubs, Societies, and University of Edinburgh School/Departments.


In 2017/18 the VIF supported these amazing projects: 


The Dirty Weekenders Conservation Volunteers travelled to Davie Park in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, to help with park maintenance including the removal of pondweed to increase biodiversity. They helped remove litter from Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park. They travelled to Fort William to work on path maintenance, habitat management and tree planting in Glen Nevis.


Best Buddies Edinburgh organised a Christmas meal to bridge gaps, combat loneliness and create social cohesion for those in the community with learning disabilities.


Edinburgh Archaeological Outreach Project (EAOP)attended 4 primary school classes in Leith to do a short talk on archaeology and facilitate 3 activities, including looking at ancient animal bones and sites.


Edinburgh University Mental Health and Wellbeing Society organised a Mental Health First Aid course to tackle issues in the student community.


Student group, Cooking for Health taught cooking skills and basic nutrition to elderly and isolated individuals.


Edinburgh University Classics Society put on an event for two local schools, introducing primary school students to Classics and Ancient History and building awareness.


Edinburgh Music Outreach Society organised visits to Liberton hospital by student musicians. 


Mandarin Language Project put on a social event for volunteers. 



Find out more and apply now!