Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme

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What does this involve?

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme is aimed at charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through lockdown and recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will help plan and implement changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate. The Programme will have two strands.

Adapt and Thrive Programme

Deadline: 9am on 19 July 2021 - this fund is now closed.

This programme aims to support organisational change. Third sector organisations need to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 so they can continue to have a positive impact in their communities. Working with an advisor, organisations will be supported to develop a plan so they can operate sustainably. Funding to implement the plan is also available.

The fund will continue to accept applications into July 2021. Check back on their website for updates on the final closing date.

Communities Recovery Fund

Deadline: 12 February 2021 - this fund is now closed.

This fund aims to support the delivery of services that were suspended or reduced because of COVID-19 in communities. It will also support the creation of new services that tackle new challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants will be available to help reintroduce the delivery of services. The fund will support:

  • the adaptation of existing services 
  • the development of new services to tackle new community needs resulting from COVID-19
  • the development of new services to tackle existing needs made worse by COVID-19

Am I eligible?

Adapt and Thrive Programme

Your organisation is eligible if it:

  • is based in Scotland (and mainly operating here)
  • has had significant disruption to operations and service delivery due to Covid-19
  • has been financially negatively impacted due to Covid-19
  • was already in operation and making an impact prior to Covid-19
  • has a plan (or is planning) to support its community to recover from the health and economic crisis brought about by Covid-19
  • reflects and represents the needs of the organisations and communities it serves
  • is planning to operate in line with the Scottish Government’s Tier System
  • has the capacity to engage with the support from the Adapt and Thrive Programme to create and deliver your plan

To qualify for grant funding, your organisation must also:

  • have been financially stable prior to Covid-19
  • be unable to implement the changes needed as part of its recovery plan without additional funding
  • comply with State Aid if its activity/investment is linked to trading activities

Community Recovery Fund

Your organisation is eligible if it:

  • has had significant disruption to operations and service delivery due to Covid-19
  • was already in operation and making an impact prior to Covid-19
  • is providing an essential service in the community and/or has a plan (or is planning) to support its community to recover from the impact of Covid-19
  • reflects and represents the needs of the people and communities it serves
  • is allowed to open and operate in line with government guidelines or is making plans for how it will when able to 

To qualify for grant funding, your organisation must also:

  • Have been financially stable prior to Covid-19
  • Be sufficiently financially stable to deliver the activity being applied for
  • Comply with State Aid if its activity/investment is linked to trading activities 
  • Agree to data sharing with Scottish Government departments, community sector intermediaries and national organisations

Read more about the eligibility criteria on the SCVO website.

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply.

Who is this for?

The Programme is open to charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in Scotland which are supporting people and communities through the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

How long does this take?

Completing the application form takes approximately one hour. You will normally receive a decision within 21 days of applying.

Next steps

Visit the SCVO website to find out more.

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