Funding opportunities update

From the SCVO – 20 April 2020

Wellbeing Fund

This fund is currently closed.

The Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus.  

£10m has already been allocated for immediate priorities and £7 million has been committed to provide around 2,000 charities with small grants through Corra, Inspiring Scotland, STV Appeal, SCVO and Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces

The remaining £33 million is now open to bids from Third Sector Organisations.

Funds have supported the purchase and delivery of food, activities to support people’s mental health and wellbeing, co-ordination of local activity and staff and volunteer expenses. It is anticipated that the fund will continue to support those things and much more.

The Wellbeing Fund was open for expressions of interest from all third sector organisations until midnight on Sunday 19 April 2020.  It is currently closed briefly to enable applications to be assessed quickly, funds distributed to organisations and a further review of need. 

It is anticipated that the Wellbeing Fund will open again on May 7th 2020.

Third Sector Resilience Fund

This fund is now open!

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

The Fund is delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra Foundation and provides grants up to £100,000. In addition there is up to a further £5m available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000. The fund will be complemented by specialist business advice from Just Enterprise to help grant recipients maximise the impact of the financial support.

As of 17th April 2020, 447 organisations have been supported through the TSRF, along with an estimated 6,000 jobs saved as a result. A list of organisations that have been awarded funding up to 15 April 2020 is available on Firstport’s website.

To find out if your organisation could be successful in gaining support from this fund please use the eligibility checker. This will filter you through to the correct route for your organisation to apply. 

To be eligible, interested organisations must be:

  • a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation based in Scotland and/or primarily delivering services/activities in Scottish communities
  • already delivering those products or services prior to March 2020
  • and needing funding to stabilise cashflows directly as a result of the impact of COVID-19, as opposed to pre-existing financial difficulties.

The fund aims to help as many organisations as possible, however, priority is given to those most at risk and that need immediate help. Please also note that TSRF is not a compensation scheme, but an alternative fund for organisations for whom other UK/Scottish Government Emergency Schemes are not suitable. We strongly encourage you to read the fund’s guidance notes and FAQs prior to starting an application.

If your organisation is looking for support for a new project or significantly evolved service delivery (e.g. moving from physical to digital delivery) as a result of COVID-19, please do not apply to TSRF. The Wellbeing Fund is more suitable for this type of activity and the public ‘bid-in’ route to the fund will be opening soon.

In order to apply to TSRF, organisations must complete a short eligibility checker to assess their suitability for the fund. Based on the answers provided, interested applicants will be directed to the correct application form depending on their needs or signposted to other sources of relevant funding/support.

Eligibility Checker

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust has set up a Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. Funds are being sought from members of the public, corporate donors, charitable trusts, community fundraising, and existing and new government funding programmes. 

Funds for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation Scotland through the ‘Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund’ (RRR).

Most immediately, the Response element will provide emergency funding for local charities and grassroots organisation supporting people most in need.

In the medium and longer term, Recovery and Resilience will fund a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover, re-establish or re-design their activities once the outbreak eases in response to community needs at that point.

As of 20th April 2020, 336 groups across Scotland have been supported through the RRR fund, with £1.3 million distributed to community groups and organisations supporting the most vulnerable people in Scotland. A list of organisations that have been awarded funding is available on Foundation Scotland’s website.

Find out more & apply on Foundation Scotland’s website.

Supporting Communities Fund

The £40m Supporting Communities Fund is providing funding to Community Anchor Organisations, for example Housing Associations and Development Trusts, to help support local responses to the pandemic.  Community Anchor Organisations are well placed to work collaboratively with local authorities, third sector organisations and communities of interest. An initial wave of £10 million is currently being deployed through Community Anchor Organisations and a list of these will be made available on this webpage shortly.

Additional Funding

In addition to these four specific funds, the Scottish Government has provided an additional £50 million to local authorities to support their response, £50 million will help meet the anticipated increase in applications for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Scottish social security benefits and £45 million has been made available for the Scottish Welfare Fund to assist local authorities meet increased demands for Crisis and Community Care grants.  There is also a £25 million being kept in reserve to address emerging priorities.

Crookston and the Abbey get fantastic Care Inspectorate reports

I don’t know if you saw the article in the Courier this week about The Abbey’s glowing Care Inspectorate Report – https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/18220292.care-home-staff-praised-helping-residents-vote-election/

You might also be interested in a press release we issued this week about Crookston’s equally glowing report this week – I have cut and pasted it in for you below. Before you read on, I just want to add my own thanks to staff at all three of our Care Homes for the fantastic work you do.

Here goes …

Crookston Care Home gets ‘Very Goods’ from the Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate carried out an unannounced inspection of Crookston Care Home in December 2019 to check how well Crookston supports people’s wellbeing and plans their care and support. The answer is very well indeed.

Inspectors reported that people were happy with their care and support. Relatives told them that the home keeps them well informed about their loved one and staff were always kind towards them when they visited.

‘No matter what time of day or night we visit, we always find staff being attentive to our relative,’ said one family.

Residents have a say in decisions about the care and support which affect them, including end of life. They also choose where and how to spend their time and participate in a range of activities. During the inspection, several female residents went to Crookston’s own hair salon, which turned into a real social event for the women involved. The inspectors noted that staff in different units engaged in small-group activities with residents.

Mealtimes were very calm and relaxed and residents enjoyed their meals. Staff sat with residents at mealtimes, making meals more of a social experience. The inspectors commented that meals were of a good quality and people spoke highly of them.

They found that care plans were regularly reviewed and updated, and involved input from relevant professionals, and that as well as considering best practice, care plans make clear resident’s preferences and wishes. They were able to see residents’ health improving as a result of the support that they received. They also commented on a section within care plans relating to physical activity which they thought was useful for identifying how individuals could stay as physically active as possible.

East Lothian Integration Joint Board Chair Fiona O’Donnell says:

‘I am visiting Crookston soon to thank the team in person and I can say that Pauline and her team really deserve their “Very Good” rating. They look after the people who use the home with great affection and respect and are very supportive of relatives too.

‘They are also very innovative, pioneering work with Rempods in East Lothian – people might have seen these reminiscence rooms for people living with dementia when they received backing on Dragon’s Den. Crookston was also part of an award-winning intergenerational project last year with Sanderson’s Wynd Primary.

‘They are a fantastic team and they do very good work. All I can say is congratulations, thank you and keep on doing what you are doing – it’s great.’

My December Diary

Just thought I’d do a quick diary round-up now as people start getting ready for the festive season.

The run up to Christmas has been as hectic as ever. We have a visit from NHS Lothian Chief Executive Tim Davison just over a week ago during which we updated him on ELHSCP’s progress and gave him a chance to have a look around the East Lothian Community Hospital. We also said goodbye to East Lothian Council’s Chief Executive Angela Leitch, who has left to take up a new role as Chief Executive of Public Health Scotland. Alex McCrorie is Interim Chief Executive and the Chief Executive will be announced shortly.

We also held the last IJB meeting of the year, at which Judith Tait (in her Chief Social Work Officer role) gave us her annual report. The report gives a full over-view of the delivery of social work services in East Lothian, including fostering, child protection, adult protection, adult social care and criminal justice social work. It also provides commentary and analysis of the Health and Social Care Partnership. Judith said that in a difficult period for social work nationally, we are holding our own. She said that our staff continue to work hard to help people make and sustain positive changes in their lives.  She was clear that there would be challenges ahead but was confident that East Lothian Health and Social Partnership was addressing these in our strategic plan.

I think that’s a really positive message and covers not just social work but integrated health and social care. Times are tough but through a combination of innovative approaches and integrated working, we are using our resources and experience wisely to help the growing number of people who use our services to achieve good outcomes.

It has been a big year for us in so many areas – the implementation of the Carers Strategy, achievements acknowledged in the Care Inspectorate’s national thematic review of Self-Directed Support, the new East Lothian Community Hospital, Wellwynd Hub, the success of the Community Review Team, START and our new mental-health/substance misuse drop in in Musselburgh.  Those are just a few of our achievements – things are really beginning to come together and this is very much down to all of you. Your willingness to embrace integrated working and share ideas and good practice has led to much of our success this year. The momentum is building so let’s keep that going now.

So it just remains for me to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  To those of you who are preparing for a break, happy holidays – rest, recuperate and enjoy! To those of you working over Christmas and New Year, a really big thank you. I know there are many people relying on you to whose days you will make a big difference. And enjoy your Christmas when it comes.

Thank you for everything this year and all the very best to you and yours this Festive Season.

My November diary

It’s been an action-packed month this November. We held our first Welcome Event for new-starts this month. We chose the new East Lothian Community Hospital as our venue, using the new Community Hall.  It’s fantastic to see the hospital signed off and fully functional.  Thanks to John Gibson and Barbara Renton for organising a very successful event and thanks to the ELCH Project Team and all the staff at ELCH for getting everything at the hospital up and running so smoothly.

It is the awards season and I have been out and about at various events, including The Queens Nursing Institute of Scotland and East Lothian Council’s Star Awards in which we did very well – see my post about Celebrating Success.

It’s been really busy getting ready for winter. The IJB signed off our winter plan at its October meeting and we can see pressures building up in our A&E departments. I would welcome any help you can give me in persuading people to use other more appropriate services like NHS24 and NHSInform if they can. The message from our A&Es is ‘use our services wisely’. Please help us get the message out there if you can. Find out more about our Winter Plan.

We had a really useful management engagement event at the end of November, at which we caught up with what a range of teams were achieving through partnership and integrated working and innovative approaches. A full write up will follow soon.

I was at the Heath and Social Care Scotland Conference at which Jeanne Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health was a keynote speaker, and attended the Lothian IJB Chief Officers’ Group, and, of course, there was the regular meeting with the IJB Strategic Planning Group.

Like lots of you, I expect, I am looking forward to the festive season but would like to express my real appreciation to those of you who will be leaving your friends and families over the festive period to look after our frail and vulnerable patients and clients.