Funding update from STRiVE

Wellbeing Fund Reopens

The second round of the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund is now open to applications from voluntary sector organisations providing crucial services to people as a result of coronavirus.

The first round closed on 30 April having received over 1,000 applications, with half of applications already assessed and more than £6 million approved for funding so far.

Awards have been offered to support a wide range of activity across all communities in Scotland. From creative learning packs, online exercise classes and increased phone contact to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and young people, to grocery and baby essential parcels for those who are self-isolating.

The second round of the Wellbeing Fund is open to all voluntary sector organisations that did not apply or receive funding from the first round. Applications from organisations working to support people facing financial or employment difficulties are being particularly encouraged, as well as applications from organisations working with minority communities.

For more information about the Wellbeing Fund, including eligibility criteria and a link to apply – visit the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub

Response, Recovery and Resilience [RRR] Fund

The RRR Fund is supporting local charities and grassroots organisations who are currently supporting some of Scotland’s most affected and vulnerable people across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact. Foundation Scotland is delivering the RRR Fund in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Covid-19 Impact Programme

The Covid-19 Impact Programme will ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Charities must be working in one of nine key areas; Support to the elderly, Mental and physical health, Welfare, Domestic violence, Housing, Criminal Justice System, Service families, Bereavement,Employment

Foundation Scotland – Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme

The Baillie Gifford grants programme supports grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. It replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme. Priorities for the programme are: children and families, elderly people, education, environment, health, people who are physically disabled, homelessness, women and grass roots sports.

Connecting Scotland Initiative
(SG funding to reduce digital exclusion).

No self-referrals but organisations can register now to be involved with the scheme, and organisations will be able to refer individuals. Funds will be available for kit, connectivity and skills training to get people online.

Children in Scotland

Webinar: Supporting disabled or seriously ill children during and beyond the pandemic

Date: Thursday 14 May 2020
Time: 2pm-3pm
Speaker: Family Fund
Cost: Free

This seminar will look at a research undertaken by Family Fund and explore how Covid-19 is affecting families with disabled or seriously ill children, their immediate concerns and needs. There will be opportunities to discuss how we can better support these families by adapting services at organisational level and by planning services at strategic level during and beyond the pandemic.

Click here for more info and to book a place

Advice about additional support for learning during the coronavirus outbreak

Enquire telephone helpline (0345 123 2303) has reopened and is now available from 1pm-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The helpline team can answer questions about additional support for learning in Scotland and changes to education law during coronavirus.

They can also respond to written enquiries. More information on their website

Guides to help charities move activities online

Catalyst is an initiative that provides training, support and advice to the voluntary sector on digital matters.

They have a couple of guides which may prove useful at the moment:

How to replace your drop-in service with an online chat
How to choose the right video calling tool for your charity

The Scottish Citizens Advice Network, in partnership with the Scottish Government, launched a new Scottish Citizens Advice Helpline on 14th April 2020, initially to support people affected by Coronavirus. The helpline can be accessed online at or by phone on 0800 028 1456 Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Citizens Advice Scotland and the Citizens Advice Network has been engaged in extensive negotiations with a major charity funder during the last year to fund the establishment of a new national helpline, however the Coronavirus crisis forced an urgent response by the network and the helpline is now up and running. There are regular TV ads promoting the helpline and in a further push the Scottish Government will be promoting the helpline in the Sunday papers at the end of this week alongside research which explores the financial health of Scotland’s people in the wake of Covid 19.

The helpline has been set up to compliment the work being delivered by local bureau and is not a replacement for local services. Where local support and casework is identified by the helpline adviser, the client will be referred to the nearest CAB or CAB of clients choosing using our internal CASTLE referral system.

The promotion of the helpline to date has been fairly low key to enable CAS to distribute and set up remote working kit to those staff and volunteers who are supporting the helpline. This has been done in a phased approach and the capacity to take calls is gradually increasing week on week.

At Musselburgh CAB we signpost to the helpline once we have reached capacity for the day, and only for new clients to the service. Where we have seen a drop in volunteers able to provide assistance, the helpline enables us to make sure that anyone contacting us will get the advice and assistance they need, when they need it.

Please feel free to use and promote the helpline within your services and the wider advice community.

Bank of Scotland Foundation Reach Funding Programme

The National Lottery Community Fund

All the funding decisions the National Lottery Community Fund make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the crisis. You can read their update here.

How to apply: online via website.

Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus Fund

Grants from £5,000 upwards are available to support projects that contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes. Funding is specifically for research, policy work and campaigning activities.

Deadline: apply as soon as possible as applications will be closed once they have funded a certain number of projects.

How to apply: submit one page outline to

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