Disabled People’s Organisations – Covid 19 Emergency Fund

Monday, 5 October 2020 - 5:00pm

Grants of up to £25,000 available for grassroots Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 needs of local disabled people.

This fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local disabled people.

The funding is for COVID-19 related work in the following broad three areas:

  • Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: COVID-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues

Some examples of work that could be funded:

  • A DPO wanting funding to produce local COVID-19 related information in Easy Read, British Sign Language and community languages
  • A DPO wanting to expand its information and advice service to deal with COVID-19 related issues by increasing casework capacity or opening hours
  • A DPO wanting to set up a local group of disabled residents to try and make sure the needs of local disabled people are understood and addressed in local COVID-19 recovery planning
  • A DPO wanting funding to cover the staffing, venue and running costs of setting up a peer support network or befriending service

The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

Two webinars covering information on how to apply will take place on:

  • Tuesday 22 September (11am – 1pm) - Filling out the online application form
  • Monday 28 September (2pm – 4pm) - Surgery/interactive FAQs