Do you work with dads of young children? Would you like funding to extend your work in that direction? Here’s an exciting opportunity for you or your organisation.
One of the most exciting outcomes of Year of the Dad in 2016 was the Dads Fund set up by the Cattanach Trust to support work with fathers and their young children.
Offering grants of around £10,000, the response was so great that Cattanach doubled the £100,000 fund set aside. As a result the organisation is already supporting 11 projects across Scotland, some lasting up to 3 years.
And now the Cattanach Trust is welcoming new applications from across Scotland for the Dads Fund. To reach the next grants meeting we recommend applying by 14th July 2017, although the fund will remain open until the end of the year.
The Dads Fund is available to any projects or charities working with expectant dads and those with young children under three. This could involve, for example, developing play activities, outdoor adventures, arts and music or education for dads.
The Cattanach Trust, as ever, are keen to direct funding to new initiatives with the families who need it most – young fathers, lone parents, isolated dads etc. If you are already working with disadvantaged families, the Dads Fund could resource new work specifically with dads.
In addition, if you are already working with families or mums and children, this could be an ideal opportunity to extend your work to dads.
Working alongside Cattanach, we at Fathers Network Scotland will provide access to a range of support for successful applicants, including training, practice group and mentoring.
The Cattanach Trust funds projects which support children from pre-birth to three years old, who are affected by levels of relative deprivation. There is good evidence that supporting children during the first years of a child’s life has the greatest positive impact on their developmental progress. Good quality services improve not only a child’s life during these years, but also have substantial benefits into adolescence and adulthood. Cattanach is an endowed charity and makes grants totalling around £400,000 a year. Cattanach will fund only those charitable organisations which are registered in Scotland with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and currently funds work only in Scotland.