Funding Latest 21 May 2020

Funding available to support third sector organisations impacted by Coronavirus – 21.05.20 - compiled for you by our Strategic Investment Officer, Susan Robinson.

Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund Round 2 - This round of funding opened for applications on 8 May 2020.To be considered for funding, applications must be received by noon on Friday 22 May 2020. The Wellbeing Fund is focused on providing funding to organisations that can support people who are facing additional barriers, or have increased requirements, as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. It can fund both immediate and emerging forms of support, from now up to the end of July 2020, reflecting that the context for people and communities may change over that time. Based on the grants made in the first round, applications from groups working with BAME communities are particularly welcomed in this second round:

Small Business Grant Scheme - Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to specific funding for charities and voluntary organisations to help them deal with the effects of coronavirus, some organisations with premises may be able to access extra rates reliefs (discounts) and one-off grants from the Scottish Government. Reliefs will be available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. You can apply for a grant from now until 31 March 2021.

BBC Children in Need opened COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme to existing grant-holders from 18 May 2020 to enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a six-month period. On Monday 8 June, the COVID-19 Large Grants programme will open to enable organisations working with disadvantaged children to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18-month period. More details here:

COVID Conversations – Funding: CVS Inverclyde is delighted to announce this addition to our COVID Conversations series focusing on Funding. This Zoom session, at 14.00 on Tuesday 9 June, will hear presentations from: Helen Wray, Head of Grants for Foundation Scotland; Hayley Cook, Inverclyde lead officer of the National Lottery Community Fund; and Annie Mottisfont, Inverclyde lead from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. They will share their knowledge about funding that is available right now; and what is making applications stand out and be successful; then you'll have a chance to ask questions. Please click here to find out more and book via our Eventbrite page.

Community Champions - Persimmon's Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far, over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK. Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s. Apply online at

Building Futures - Persimmon Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. We are calling on local groups which can support children to apply. It can all be done online at:

Inverclyde Community Fund recently made eight grants to local organisations. Groups which have successfully applied include:

Recovery Café – purchase of a Laptop for the organisation
Inverclyde Shed – the creation of a digital shed in Gourock
Clyde Fisherman's Trust – food for families during COVID-19
Wellington Bowling Club – creation of a mobile access ramp
I-Fit – support for isolated people during COVID-19
St Mary's Church Community Services – keeping members updated during COVID-19
Greenock Morton Community Trust – sharing COVID-19 workbooks to schools
Proud2Care – purchase of Yoga equipment for users

If your groups can 'make a difference' here in Inverclyde, grants are available for up to £500. The application process is fairly simple. Apply at:

COVID-19 specific funding currently open: Please click here to download a useful funding spreadsheet, put together by South Ayrshire Council; hope it is useful.

Keeping Communities Safe - this guidance has been produced by the Scottish Community Development Centre on how to support people, but without taking unnecessary risks:

Charity Governance - Inspiring Scotland has put together useful guidance for Chairs and Trustees on action they should be taking through the COVID-19 crisis. Information here:

Remember: if you have questions or concerns about running your organisation, managing your finances, seeking funding or similar topics, do call the CVS Inverclyde I3-SAS Helpline T:01475 711733 and select Option 4.

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