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Making Advice Work (MAW) programme

Grant Funding Programme 2013 – 2019

We were asked by the Scottish Government and the Money Advice Service to run a grant funding programme with three main funding streams:

Stream 1 – community-wide advice

Stream 1 of the programme is designed to focus funding on projects that can provide advice, information and representation for people across a geographic area, with a focus on help to resolve benefit and complex debt problems and to provide targeted assistance to help people successfully make the transition to the new benefits system.

Organisations in Stream 1 are well placed to directly deliver the advice provision within the project remit; including local authority advice providers, third sector organisations, and law centres. We particularly welcomed partnership applications which encourage and embed co-ordinated provision of advice and where organisations play to their respective strengths.

There are 15 projects funded under Stream


Stream 2 – helping tenants of social landlords 2013-17

Stream 2 of the programme focused specifically on advice for tenants of social landlords. Projects provided advice, information and/or representation for social tenants dealing with the impact of changes to the benefit system, particularly those changes that impacted on their ability to manage their housing costs or to sustain their tenancies.

Under Stream 2, projects were led by social landlords, either as the organisation delivering the project, or as the lead organisation in partnership with an advice provider.

There were 25 projects funded under Stream
2 and this stream closed in March 2017.

Stream 3 – thematic stream

Stream 3 aims to tackle barriers in accessing advice or to test new ways of resolving problems related to debt, financial management and social welfare law for one of the following priority groups:
  • People with disabilities
  • People experiencing domestic abuse
There were 14 projects funded under Stream 3 and this stream closed in March 2018.


Evaluation of Streams 1 and 2 of the MAW programme

We published the evaluation report and issued a news release in January 2015. The evaluation report demonstrates the positive impact achieved by projects funded under Steams 1 and 2 of the MAW programme.

If you have any questions about the Making Advice Work programme, please contact us by email or by telephone:

Policy and Development
0131 240 1883

If you have any questions about the Making Advice Work programme, please contact us by email or by telephone:

Policy and Development
0131 240 1883


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