From the SCVO – 20 April 2020
This fund is currently closed.
Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the
third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of
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.
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.
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.
anticipated that the Wellbeing Fund will open again on May 7th 2020.
This fund is now open!
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
Fund is delivered by Firstport,
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
National Emergencies Trust
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
for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation
Scotland through the ‘Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund’
immediately, the Response element will provide emergency funding for local
charities and grassroots organisation supporting people most in need.
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.
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.
out more & apply on Foundation Scotland’s website.
£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.
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