Funding for Organisations

(updated: 12/10/20)

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

Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme

The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate.

The programme is now open and has two strands: Adapt & Thrive and Community Recovery Fund.

In the simplest terms, Adapt & Thrive is capacity building to help organisations adapt, change, and thrive post COVID-19. The Communities Recovery Fund is grant funding to deliver support and services in communities.

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Connecting Scotland

Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to coronavirus.  

It provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who are digitally excluded and on low incomes.

Phase 1 (April – July 2020) focused on those who were at risk of isolation due to coronavirus because they were in the extremely high vulnerability group (‘shielding’) or the higher risk of severe illness group.

Phase 2 launched on 18th August and is focused on:

  • households with children, or where a child is normally resident (this includes pregnant women with no child in the household)
  • care leavers up to the age of twenty-six (in line with eligibility for aftercare support)

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The Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland are providing funding to support charities and constituted community groups that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Their Response phase launched in March and by early June had received over 1000 applications. To date, they have distributed more than 850 grants and £3.4m in funds to communities right across Scotland.

Whilst the first phase of funding focused on meeting communities most immediate needs, the fund is now focusing on Recovery. As some lockdown restrictions are lifted, this phase of funding will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, and to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations. They will continue to provide emergency support for those who need it most.

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#ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund

The #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund will help grassroots organisations in Scotland to support vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, including responding to the impact of Coronavirus. Projects must fit one of the following strategic themes: Children Survive & Thrive - early years development for children facing disadvantage; Gender Justice - contributing to gender equality; A Safe Place To Be - supporting people who have experienced homelessness or have been forced from their homes; Mental Health Matters - improving mental health provision and tackling stigma. Grant are from £1000 to £10 000.

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The National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All 

An update on Awards for All criteria -

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 (CJRS) has been extended and will remain open until 31 March 2021. 

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NLC Community Grants - Covid 19

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.

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Click here to find our recent funding bulletins and funding alerts

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

Click here for information on recently closed funds