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Grant funding programmes
Are you an individual looking for advice?
The Scottish Legal Aid Board funds projects around Scotland to help people who are facing legal problems. The current projects can help with one or more of the following types of problem:
- Assistance and representation focused on the resolution of a mortgage repossession or tenancy repossession action
- Assistance for serious debt problems
- Assistance and representation focused on resolving welfare benefits problems
- Information, one-off advice and signposting about civil court processes
- Casework assistance with small claims cases to help you to solve problems before they get to court or early in the court process
If you are looking for advice and need help you can find out about our projects in your area on the other sources of help page.
Are you an adviser looking for help with clients problems?
We fund a number of projects to provide assistance to frontline providers to help with their clients benefits, debt and housing problems. These projects focus on helping advisers :
- Know what changes to the benefits system are ahead that may affect people’s money or housing
- Help to spot possible and existing debt and money issues for clients and suggest ways of managing these
- Check ways of preventing evictions and homelessness
- Signposting and referral to appropriate organisations for further help
More information about these projects can be found on our help for the advice sector page.
Are you interested in more information about our grant funding programmes?
We are responsible for the administration and funding of a range of projects across Scotland which have been established to help people with certain civil problems over all our programmes. These projects assist people at risk of eviction and repossession and their linked debt and benefits issues.
Projects also focus on helping people with benefit problems linked to welfare reform. Some projects also focus on assisting people at court with their civil issues such as small claims. Many of these services are run by local advice agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureau or law centres, local charities, law centres or local authorities.
Background to our grant funding programmes
We currently manage three grant funding programmes, which include 108 different projects across Scotland. You can find out more about these programmes and funding previously administered by SLAB by following the links below.
- Tackling Money Worries Programme 2014 - 2016
- Economic Downturn Programme – 2012 – 2015
- Making Advice Work Programme – 2013 – 2015
- Programmes pre – 2012
More information about our projects – case studies and programme level statistics
We have collated a number of case studies to help illustrate the work of our grant funded projects, further background can be found here and we will continue to add project case studies to the website each month.
We ask all of our projects to provide management and performance information each quarter. Further information about our monitoring requirements and our latest quarterly high-level statistics will be made available shortly.
Development of Grant Funding Programmes
Read background about our grant funding powers and the plans to criteria for current funding programmes on the Policy and Development overview page.
Legal Aid Online
13, Nov, 2014
Cabinet Secretary for Justice responds to questions on the legal aid systemRead article
05, Nov, 2014
Comment on Law Society of Scotland's discussion paperRead article
31, Oct, 2014
Annual Report 2013-2014Read article
29, Oct, 2014
Edinburgh advice projects mark success of first yearRead article
19, Oct, 2014
New projects to help families tackle money worriesRead article
13, Oct, 2014
Police station duty scheme updateRead article
02, Oct, 2014
Clarification on Faculty of Advocates' select committee submissionRead article
22, Aug, 2014
Submission of summary criminal applicationsRead article
12, Jun, 2014
SLAB moving to new offices in Autumn 2014Read article
12, Jun, 2014
Face to face legal services and their alternativesRead article
14, Mar, 2014
Advocate Mark Strachan sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraud and attempted fraudRead article
27, Sep, 2013
Annual Report 2012-2013Read article