COVID-19 Funding Latest 16 April 2020

Funding available to support third sector organisations impacted by Coronavirus – 16.04.20: compiled for you by our CVS Inverclyde Strategic Investment Officer, Susan Robinson

Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund now open: Scottish Government has made £50 million 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. To submit an Expression of Interest, complete the online form here:

Heritage Emergency Fund (opened 15.03.20): £50 million has been made available to support the UK heritage sector, as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis where it is needed most - by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites the Fund has previously invested in, to ensure they are not lost to the public.

The National Lottery Community Fund is trying to turn Awards for All applications around in a week and the team are having weekly decision meetings in order that successful applicants can get their funding quickly. They are relaxing their criteria in a number of areas:

  • Organisations can apply through the Awards for All portal for funding. However, if they already have a medium or large grant, the award will be added on to the existing grant to speed the process up.

  • Applications must include a description of the work that the organisation wants to do, the difference it will make and a breakdown of costs. The challenges faced in demonstrating robust engagement with people in the current climate are understood and allowances will be made.

  • NLCF recognises that recently awarded grant holders may not be able to carry out the project they had planned. They completely understand this and so are flexible with how groups would like to proceed – carry out the project further on in the year/next year; or come up with an alternative project/activity. As long as grant holders keep NLCF posted with their plans, it is happy to let you take the reins.

The Creative Breaks funding programme is open now with £600,000 available to third sector organisations for short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for. Grants are for one year (October 2020 – September 2021). Apply here:

#givingtuesdaynow – Tuesday 5 May 2020 is an opportunity for the UK public to come together to raise funds to support charities and the third sector through these unsettlingTo engage and register:

Other Funding Programmes Currently Open:

  • Scottish Government Third Sector Resilience Fund
  • National Emergencies Trust – through Foundation Scotland

Information on these and other funding for organisations, available here:

I3-SAS Organisational Helpline launched! CVS Inverclyde has opened a Helpline to offer advice and information to Inverclyde’s third sector struggling to fund, develop and deliver activities. Our experienced team will be available from Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 on 01475 711733 – then select option 4 - or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Happy to help with governance, financial management, funding, whatever…

CVS Inverclyde Funding Surgeries continue so, if one to one guidance on working your way through the funding maze would be helpful, then please contact Caroline Johnstone to book an appointment with me (currently available on Zoom, phone, FaceTime, MS Teams) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Next dates are: Mondays 27 April and 18 May.

Evaluation your achievements/changes: Evaluation Support Scotland has launched a Change Record Template, which you can use to track the changes you are making and evaluate their impact. This could be a really useful tool to use in these strange times – help to gather evidence for funders:

COVID-19 Funder Toolkit published by The Charity Excellence Framework. The toolkit aims to help charity trustees and management committees to increase their social impact and secure more charitable funding during this difficult time. Download the COVID-19 Funder Toolkit by clicking this link: - scroll down the home page to find links to all its COVID-19 Funder and Response Toolkits.

COVID-19 – Third Sector Lab: Digital service delivery for charities. Getting started with remote working: Digital service delivery for charities; the Third Sector Lab open Google Doc lists best-practice, policies, guidance and more, for rapid deployment of essential charity services to online channels. It has free weekly open Zoom calls in partnership with SCVO to help charities connect…


Inverclyde Council has a range of Small Grants available:

  • Small Business Assist Grant
  • SBA Marketing Grant
  • SBA Start-up Grant
  • Small Business Loan Scheme
  • Small Business Assist Training Grant
  • Tourism Grant
  • Tourism Marketing Grant
  • Property Assistance Scheme
  • Phase 2 Growth New Start Fund
  • Phase 2 Growth Company Development Fund

For more information, and to

Social Investment Scotland has launched a series of webinars specifically designed to provide third sector organisations with support to manage new challenges:

SENSCOT has launched a website highlighting resources available to support the social economy through the pandemic. Updated daily, groups can also register for regular eBulletins:

Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce has set up a Coronavirus Advice Hub, which you can access here:

Previous versions of this Funding-specific eBulletin are available here:

A reminder that Inverclyde Council has set up a Coronavirus web page offering information with regular updates for the public:

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 here on our website news pages and make sure you sign up for our regular e-Bulletins by clicking here

CVS Inverclyde – working with you to support Inverclyde’s thriving community and voluntary sector.

Susan Robinson FInstF, Strategic Investment Officer, CVS Inverclyde, can be contacted on T: 01475 711733 or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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