Funding for Organisations

This section will be updated regularly with details of funding streams that have become available during the COVID-19 crisis. 

UK's Furlough Scheme

The UK's furlough scheme was set up to help organisations maintain their current workforce if their operations had been severely affected by Covid-19. The UK's Furlough Scheme will close on 31 October 2020. There will be changes to the scheme over the coming months. 

More info:

The Wellbeing Fund

This fund is currently closed.

The Wellbeing Fund aims to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services to people who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This forms part of a £350 million package from the Scottish Government. 

As well as the two open rounds of funding - small grants (in the range of £1,000 to £3,000) were made to third sector organisations invited to receive these grants through approaches agreed between the grantee, its partners and Scottish Government.  Regular updates on the organisations that have accepted their grant offers through the Wellbeing Fund can be found via the link below. Search by Local Authority, type of issue or target group to find out more.

Awards made:

Food Fund

£60 million has been allocated to structured public sector responses to support people facing additional barriers to accessing food, including those in the “shielded group”. A further £10 million is being used to support third sector infrastructure and community based action on food provision.  The Food Fund was included in the Wellbeing Fund and made avaliable to organisations looking for funding to deliver food-related activities.

Supporting Communities Fund

The Supporting Communities Fund has been established with an initial £20m investment.

It is providing funding to community anchor organisations, such as charities, voluntary organisations, community controlled housing associations and social enterprises to help support local responses to the pandemic.

These community anchor organisations are already playing a key active role in providing services within their community and through this funding will be supported expand their existing networks and connections.

They are well placed to work collaboratively and will help to support a coordinated approach locally, working with other active local charities, third sector organisations, volunteers, communities of interest and making links with the Local Authority, Third Sector Interfaces and other statutory providers, and can act as a conduit for funding to help channel support to where it is needed.

To date funding for over 258 community anchor organisations across Scotland has been approved. You cannot directly apply to the Supporting Communities Fund. Working with partners the Scottish Government continue to identify where funding is being deployed and where it is still needed.

Awards Made:

The Third Sector Resilience Fund 

This fund is currently 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 will support 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.

More info:…/for-organi…/third-sector-resilience-fund…

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund

This fund is currently closed

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund has been set up to provide crucial help for mothers, infants and their families who are in need of mental health support. 

The fund is open to third sector organisations so they can provide enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services during pregnancy and in the early stages of  life.

Inspiring Scotland will run the fund and provide support to charities, working with the Scottish Government to achieve the goals of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board.

To receive an application, please register your interest:

Charities Aid Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Fund

This fund is currently paused.

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  This fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them to continue to deliver much needed support within their communities. 


Who can apply?

Organisations with a charitable purpose and activities, with an income of £1million or less in the last financial year. More information here

The online application is here but please look at which types of organisations are eligible to apply e.g CAF will not fund individuals or groups of individuals who have recently come together in their communities.

Email: if you need further information and advice.

The National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All 

An update on Awards for All criteria -

The Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

This fund is currently paused.

The RRR Fund will support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact.

Follow this link for more details and how to apply -

Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund  

This fund is now closed.

The Fund has been established by the William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund so that Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19.

More info:

NLC Community Grants - Covid 19

This fund is currently open.

This grant scheme exists to provide small amounts of funding, within a short timescale, to promote projects or activities which bring community benefit. During the current public health crisis it has been decided to alter the criteria for qualifying for this grant to only accept applications for projects that support the management and recovery from COVID-19. The maximum you can apply for is £1,000. You can apply up to three times in any one financial year for different activities (or for the same activity if six months have passed since the last application) but the total funded to any one organisation in any one year must not exceed the £1,000 limit.

More info:

 For an up to date list of independent grant funders, follow the link to SCVO's coronavirus information hub


VANL Covid-19 Funding Alerts

During the crisis, VANL have sent out funding alerts to keep the local community and voluntary sector up to date with the latest Covid-19 funding opportunities. Find our previous alerts below. Sign up for our funding alerts here 

Covid-19 Funding Update:

Covid-19 Funding Opportunities:

NLC Community Grants - Covid 19:
Small Business Grant Fund - Extra Support for Charitable Organisations:

Covid-19 Funding Opportunities - Independent Funders:

The Wellbeing Fund opens again today:

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund opens today:

UK's furlough scheme now open:

Scottish Government - Wellbeing Fund:

Charities Aid Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Fund:

COVID-19 Funding: National Lottery Awards for All:

Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund (RRR) - £1,000 to £5,000:

Scottish Government's Third Sector Resilience Fund To Open Tomorrow: