Latest details of funding available for groups, charities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 virus:
Inverclyde Community Fund has relaunched with a programme to give small grants of up to £250 to constituted groups, charities and organisations working in Inverclyde. Decisions will be made within 14 working days, and funds paid soon after. For further information and to apply: www.inverclydecommunityfund.org/apply
The National Emergencies Trust disaster appeal funds are being distributed in Scotland through Foundation Scotland's Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund. "Response" is now open for applications to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community. Funding is available between £1,000 and £5,000 – focussed on immediate community needs. The Fund aims to turn around funding applications swiftly, and to keep the application process straightforward.
Guidance notes for applicants are here: www.foundationscotland.org.uk/media/1009676/RRR-Fund-Guidelines.pdf
Apply online: https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/FS/RRRFund
CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund Charities Aid Foundation has launched a fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help to continue to deliver much needed support to your communities across the UK. This is intended as a rapid response fund, aiming to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application. To apply: www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund has £20m available from Scottish Government for groups threatened by closure as a result of the effects of the virus. All applications must go through the web-link below and not directly to the administrators:
Faith in Community Scotland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fun (initially £100,000) 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. Grants of a few hundred pounds are available to faith based charities registered in Scotland.
Guidance on how to apply and the application form are here: www.faithincommunity.scot/covid19info
Youth Scotland Action Fund has been established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to coronavirus. It is a micro grant fund and the maximum amount available per application is £500. Grants must be spent within six weeks of receiving it.
Deadline: No deadlines and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis
How to Apply: Application form on website: www.youthscotland.org.uk/programmes/youth-scotland-action-fund
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country's creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak:
A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancellation of work as a result of COVID-19. Apply here: www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/bridging-bursary
A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers. Info: www.screen.scot/funding-and-support/screen-scotland-funding/bridging-bursary-programme
The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months. More info here: www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/open-fund-sustaining-creative-development
Opening Shortly: The Supporting Communities Fund - Scottish Government has made a £40m fund available to community organisations, including those that are not registered charities, to support small scale community resilience. The fund will be allocated through community anchor organisations that are already playing a key active role in providing services within the communit,y and will likely have established networking and connections through the communities.
Opening Shortly: The Wellbeing Fund - Scottish Government has made £50m available to enable national and local action by third sector organisations to reach the most vulnerable groups. The fund will identify and support community led responses to COVID–19 in their area, and identify vulnerable groups to take proactive action to ensure that there are responses to support them.
Opening Shortly: The Food Fund - Scottish Government has made £70m available to help ensure everyone has access to food at this time, including at-risk groups and older people, as well as ensuring provision is in place for families in receipt of free school meals.
The Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub is where information on all funding programmes and opportunities will be posted and you can also sign up for a daily email update here: www.scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding
A reminder that Inverclyde Council has set up a coronavirus website offering information with regular updates for the public at: www.inverclyde.gov.uk/tourism-and-visitor-attractions/coronavirus
Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has prepared a COVID-19 Business Survival Guide available here: www.inverclydechamber.co.uk/financial-support-schemes-for-businesses/
The Coronavirus Business Support Fund, announced by Scottish Government, has launched. More information available on ICC website here: www.inverclydechamber.co.uk/1-billion-business-support-fund-opens/
ICC has also set up a Coronavirus Advice Hub, which you can access here: www.inverclydechamber.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-hub/
If you are furloughed and stuck at home – looking for something to do – why not volunteer? Your community needs you! Have a look at our dedicated volunteering website here: www.volunteerinverclyde.com
AND Finally: If this is an opportunity for you to learn new skills, or brush up your knowledge, there are a wide range of webinars available online, some here: www.scvo.org.uk/support/events
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