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 has two strands: the Adapt and Thrive Programme (currently closed), and the Communities Recovery Fund (now reopened).

Communities Recovery Fund

The Communities Recovery Fund aims to support community groups, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations who are helping people and communities respond to the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recovery. Collaborative and partnership approaches will be encouraged to help maximise the funding available for 2021-2022.

The fund will prioritise those areas and communities experiencing the greatest impact from the pandemic. These communities were determined through the review of data from the open call for applications which ran from September 2020 to February 2021.

An initial group of 10 local authority areas have been identified as priority areas. These are:

  • Angus
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • East Ayrshire
  • Highland
  • Inverclyde
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar
  • North Ayrshire
  • Scottish Borders
  • South Ayrshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

SCVO will work with community organisations, third sector interfaces and local authorities to identify needs and develop expression(s) of interest. Applications from eligible organisations will then be developed for consideration.

A further group of priority local authority areas will be approached once the initial areas have been advanced.

The fund will consider grants for partnership applications for £50,000 to £100,000, depending on the size of the partnership.  Grants for individual organisations will be considered for up to £25,000. 

Funding is available from 1 June 2021 to 31 March 2022, and all funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.

The Communities Recovery Fund is seeking co-ordinated applications from collaborations and partnerships. However, if your organisation is looking for funding of less than £3,000, please see the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund.

Am I eligible?

Community Recovery Fund

Your organisation is eligible if it's a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club 
  • not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • community council 

It must also be:

  • based and operating primarily in Scotland (if your organisation also operates outside of Scotland, you must demonstrate that the funding will be used solely for its operations and beneficiaries based in Scotland)
  • incorporated and registered as a SCIO with OSCR, or as a company limited by guarantee registered with Companies House.

Community councils must have an agreed Scheme of Establishment with the local authority, have a written constitution, and hold a bank account. CICs must be SE code compliant.

Your organisation must also:

  • provide an essential service(s) in the community and/or have a plan to support its community to recover from the impact of COVID-19
  • reflect the needs of the people and communities it seeks to serve
  • have had significant disruption to operations and service delivery due to COVID-19
  • have already been in operation and making an impact prior to COVID-19
  • be allowed to open and operate in line with the Scottish Government’s guidelines, or be making plans for how it will when able to  
  • have been in a stable financial position prior to COVID-19
  • be sufficiently financially stable to deliver the activity being applied for 
  • agree to data sharing with Scottish Government departments, a range of community sector intermediaries and national organisations
  • comply with subsidy control rules  

You can read more about the eligibility criteria on the SCVO website.

Partnership working is encouraged wherever possible. This will help to ensure that the remaining funds can most effectively meet the needs of communities. Smaller community groups and mutual aid groups which have a role in supporting community recovery can access funds by working with lead community organisations such as community anchor organisations.

Applications from individual organisations will be considered where partnership working is not practical or possible.

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply.

Who is this for?

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?

SCVO aim to make decisions as early as possible and will have processed all applications by the end of December 2021. All funding will be distributed by 31 March 2022. 

Important information

The Communities Recovery Fund offers funding to:  

  • support the transition of activity from emergency response to core activity and re-starting services
  • support for core services which may be experiencing increased demand due to COVID-19
  • development and/or delivery of sustainable alternatives to emergency response activities

The fund will consider grants for partnership applications for £50,000 to £100,000, depending on the size of the partnership.  Grants for individual organisations will be considered for up to £25,000. 

Funding is available from 1 June 2021 to 31 March 2022, and all funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.

Next steps

Visit the SCVO website to find out more.

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