COVID-19 Funding Latest News 9 April 2020

Latest details of funding available for groups, charities and businesses affected by COVID-19, compiled by our Strategic Investment Officer, Susan Robinson:

Awards for All: The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that applications for grants of between £300 - £10,000 are available to new applicants affected by COVID-19, groups already currently in receipt of an Awards for All grant or have had a grant in the last 12 months. Decisions will be made more quickly than usual. For information and to apply:

Inverclyde Community Fund has launched a fund of £5,000, which has been increased to £7,000 by a generous donation from Inverclyde Windfarm! ICF offers small grants of up to £250 to constituted groups, charities and organisations working in Inverclyde. Projects or activities need to demonstrate that they make a difference in Invercldye. Decisions will be made within 14 working days and funds paid soon after. For further information and to apply:

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund is responding to the current Coronavirus crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Organisations that support vulnerable groups will be encouraged to apply for a grant of £500 to support organisational needs in this time of crisis, rather than fund specific projects. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, parish and town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has opened a new Fund to provide support to current grantees, and those who have previously received funding from NLHF, to help you through the Coronavirus period. Full details of all the measures NLHF is taking and how to apply: In an effort to focus resources on tackling Coronavirus, NLHF has closed the main open programmes, which it understands will be disappointing for groups who have been developing projects, but NLHF hopes it will be able to return to normal business as soon as possible after COVID-19. All the groups who had submitted an enquiry to NLHF for the open programmes have been contacted directly.

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:  Apply online:

Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus Fund: Standard Life Foundation is making funding available for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Work should address specific challenges and help contribute to social change, which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes. Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts and the new funding stream will be a fast track process. Deadline: no deadline but apply as soon as possible, as applications will be closed once they have funded a number of projects, which they believe can make a difference. How to apply? Submit one page outline to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Before we lose all the learning and innovation taking place right now, take a few moments to log actions taken. Here’s a blog prompt from a staff member of the Welsh Audit Office:

Business Gateway is making a range of webinars and tutorials available online, so if you have time to catch up, then have a look here:

Time to try something new? Crowdfunder UK has waived its set up fees for new business customers and is about to launch something specifically tailored for communities and charities. For businesses, it has launched Pay It Forward, a campaign for the general public to pay a little now and support their local businesses who are suffering the worst of the brunt of COVID-19. In return, businesses offer future vouchers, tickets, etc, for redemption at a later date, once the pandemic has passed. We hope that this reactive way of collecting some money now, should help with the cash flow for smaller businesses and entertainment venues, while the general public are staying at home.

It's easy for businesses to set up and Crowdfunder is paying all the fees (including payment transaction fees), so it's 100% free to do. And if the project falls into a LEADER eligible area (much of Inverclyde does), then there is extra help setting up the page. It's open to businesses of all types, including CICs and social enterprises. Crowdfunder currently has 303 projects live and raised a total of £436,705 across the platform so far. Here's the link:

Previously highlighted opportunities:

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 this web-link and not directly to the administrators:

Faith in Community Scotland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (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:

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:

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:

A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers. Info:

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months. More info here:

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 community and will likely have established networking and connections through the communities. CVS Inverclyde is currently involved in these discussions.

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 this week: The Food Fund will support local resilience partnerships and, in turn, local third sector organisations and others, to provide food to people who would otherwise struggle to access it. The majority of the Fund will be used for public sector response, but funding will also be made available for third sector and community responses. Details on how to access funding will be made available week commencing 6 April on the SCVO COVID-19 Hub:

The Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub is kept up to date. Information on all funding programmes and opportunities will be posted and you can also sign up for a daily email update here:

A reminder that Inverclyde Council has set up a new coronavirus web page offering information with regular updates for the public, now found at:


Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has prepared a COVID-19 Business Survival Guide available here:

The Coronavirus Business Support Fund, announced by Scottish Government, has launched.  More information available on the ICC website here:

ICC has also set up a Coronavirus Advice Hub, which you can access here:

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 Volunteer Inverclyde website here:

Keep up to date with CVS Inverclyde’s activities and resources in supporting you through the coronavirus pandemic on this website's news pages and make sure you sign up for our regular eBulletins by clicking here.

CVS Inverclyde Funding Surgery with Strategic Investment Officer, Susan Robinson. Although not face to face at present, Susan is continuing her monthly Funding Surgery with the next one scheduled for Monday 27 April - click here to find out more and book your slot.

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