The Third Sector makes a direct impact on the growth of Scotland's economy, the wellbeing of its citizens and the improvement of its public services.
The Third Sector - comprising community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers - has an important role in helping the Scottish Government achieve its purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish, through achieving sustainable economic growth.
At a local level the relationship between local government and the third sector is extremely important given the role of the third sector in Community Planning Partnerships and developing Single Outcome Agreements
The Scottish Government is committed to the development of an enterprising third sector in Scotland. Over the next 3 years (2012-13 to 2014-15) the Scottish Government will provide £73.5 million to the Third Sector.
£10m For Third Sector Strategic Funding Partnerships
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, has announced details of the 45 organisations with which the Scottish Government will form Third Sector Strategic Funding Partnerships.