Core and project funding of up to £20,000 is available to help organisations increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Organisations can apply using the online form which appears from 4 August to 19 August 2020.
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
- Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
- Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.
Funding can deliver activities up to 12 months in duration.
The funding is for projects that relate to the following themes:
- Supporting an organisation's resilience.
- Continuing to deliver current services that are at risk of closure
- Core costs (eg, salaries of key staff, heating, lighting, cleaning, insurance, professional fees).
- Developing strategies to support resilience (eg developing a fundraising strategy to strengthen financial stability).
- Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers (eg, wellbeing courses, activities focused on improving wellbeing).
- Volunteer costs (eg, recruitment, training, support and recognition)
- Staff training (eg, digital training, resilience training, fundraising, health and safety)
- Adapting or expanding services to meet new challenges.
- Adapting current services to ensure they continue to meet community’s needs (eg, providing online support, activity packs)
- Expanding services to meet community’s needs (eg, responding to increase in domestic violence, carer’s support, substance abuse, loneliness, addressing gaps in provision).
- Creating safe community spaces (eg, refurbishing a space to ensure it is fit for purpose, equipment to make delivery safe and creation of new community spaces).