Foundation Scotland Community Response Recovery and Resilience Fund

Support provided by Foundation Scotland / National Emergencies Trust

What does this involve?

The aim of the fund is to provide support to community groups and registered charities in order to allow them to respond to immediate community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This funding is now in the Resilience phase which will support organisations with their long-term planning, helping them become more sustainable in the future, despite the continued uncertainty.

Organisations can apply for grants between £1,000 and £5,000. 

Here are some examples of how the fund might be used:

  • for training and development of staff to ensure you’re equipped to deliver services in a new or adapted way
  • to purchase equipment to ensure your organisation has the hardware required to continue to deliver services effectively
  • for training and resources for charities and communities regarding changes to operation and working practices necessary for safe delivery of services
  • to help organisations change their approach or adapt their services to meet social distancing guidelines
  • support in adapting outdoor activities and spaces to enable services to safely continue during the winter months and beyond
  • support to develop specific resources/infrastructure to deal with mental health issues. For example, employing counselling staff, or appropriate training for staff and volunteers, and mental health support for staff and volunteers

Am I eligible?

Only constituted groups with a governing document can apply.

You must also have:

  • a bank account set up in the name of the group
  • at least three unrelated members on your management committee
  • at least two unrelated cheque signatories
  • a quorum of at least three unrelated members present at your committee meetings

There is no income limit for organisations wishing to apply but groups with an income of below £500,000 will be prioritised.

The following groups, projects and costs are not eligible:

  • Private organisations operating as a business to make profit
  • Statutory organisations
  • Individuals
  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before a decision is made on funding (retrospective funding)
  • General fundraising appeals or activities
  • Projects which are for the advancement of religion or politics (except for applications from faith groups where there is clear benefit for the wider community irrespective of religious beliefs)
  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland
  • Projects aimed exclusively at animal, wildlife and conservation-related charities or projects
  • Generally, day-to-day operating costs where you are not providing Covid-19 related support – this fund is specifically for responding or adapting as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

The fund is for constituted community groups and registered charities.

How long does this take?

Foundation Scotland aim to review applications for funding as quickly as possible.

Important information

Grant monies must be spent by 1 June 2021. No extensions to this date can be given, and any unspent funds by this date must be returned. Final monitoring must be received no later than 15 June 2021.

As funds are limited, you should submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Due to the high number of applications to this fund, they won't contact you if your application is incomplete or missing any supporting documents.

It's really important that you check all your documents and make sure that you have given all the information asked for when you apply. 

Next steps

Visit the Foundation Scotland website for application guidance and more information.

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