Supporting New Scots Fund – Invitation to submit a tender

The Scottish Government, in partnership with COSLA, Scottish Refugee Council and the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, are pleased to announce the establishment of the Supporting New Scots Fund.

This fund, totalling £500,000, will focus on two of the highest priority areas for refugee integration: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Employability.

The arrival of people from Afghanistan and Ukraine has reinforced the critical importance of language and employment in allowing all New Scots to rebuild their lives safely and securely thereby reducing the risk of poverty. This fund will be used in procuring a limited number of defined projects covering ESOL Provision for Refugees and Refugee Employment.

We are seeking tenders from organisations, including Local Authorities, Third Sector Organisations and private bodies, including organisations currently in receipt of other AMIF funding, working with refugees who are currently delivering, or can rapidly gear up, to deliver a short (seven months) sharp interventions which target the maximum number of beneficiaries and deliver:

  • a defined improvement in language skills for either social integration or employability, or
  • a significant improvement in the understanding and readiness of refugees to obtain employment in Scotland.


For ESOL Provision for Refugee projects, the maximum award is £25,000, the minimum award is £15,000.

For Refugee Employment projects, the maximum award is £70,000 for local interventions or £100,000 for projects which have a nationwide coverage, the minimum award is £50,000.

Full details of the ESOL Provision for Refugees and Refugee Employment funding opportunities, including time-frames for applications and successful projects, are available in the attached documents:

Tenders must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday 26th March 2023.

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