COVID-19 Funding News and Opportunities – 18 June 2020 - compiled for you by our Strategic Investment Officer, Susan Robinson, who leaves CVS Inverclyde at the end of June as she moves towards retirement.
Oak Tree Housing Association has been awarded £140,000 from the Scottish Government's Supporting Communities Fund, which will benefit 16 grassroots and community controlled organisations that have been busy coordinating vital responses to the COVID-19 crisis across Inverclyde.
As the anchor organisation in the bid and conduit for funding, Oak Tree joined forces with local third sector interface, CVS Inverclyde, to identify organisations seeking financial support to meet additional running costs and maintain key services. This includes hot meals and lifeline grocery deliveries, crisis energy support and wellbeing checks, temporary staff appointments and volunteer outlays.
CVS Inverclyde recently purchased a property in Greenock town centre at 75-81 Cathcart Street, with the aim of developing the Inverclyde Community Hub for organisations delivering services in Inverclyde.
As a result of the impact of COVID-19, we understand that there may now be new demands on organisations in relation to office, service delivery and meeting space, and are keen to ascertain how we can best accommodate previous and new requirements in the Inverclyde Community Hub.
New research being conducted by Professor Anna Whittaker and the SPARKLE team at the University of Stirling is looking at the impact of social distancing and self-isolation on social contact, loneliness, wellbeing and physical activity.
CVS Inverclyde has added IT support to its Inverclyde Third Sector Advice Service (I3-SAS), which offers dedicated support to voluntary organisations, social enterprises and community groups across the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.