Available Funding and Business Support During this Time


Available Funding and Business Support During this Time


COVID-19 Business Support Top-up Grant

Orkney Islands Council is providing a one-off ‘top-up’ grant to provide additional support to local businesses who have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. If your business has been in receipt of grant support from a qualifying Scottish Government Coronavirus support scheme, you may be eligible for an additional 10% of the value of the grants you have been awarded.

Full details are available here.    View the guidance here

Please note, this fund will be open to applications until 31st October.

The Resilient & Inclusive Communities Fund 

The Resilient & Inclusive Communities Fund is a small grant programme from BEMIS, funded by Foundation Scotland from the Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund, for diverse Ethnic Minority community groups and organisations to set up programmes and services supporting disadvantaged and excluded communities.

The programme will run from September 2020–March 2021.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to local community groups and organisations supporting communities that are:

  • Experiencing, or are at risk of, domestic abuse;
  • Living with poor, interrupted or impaired access to food, shelter and necessary amenities (e.g. sanitation, heating);
  • Experiencing poor of interrupted access to critical advice, services or care (owing to poor digital access, language barriers, physical or cognitive restrictions, changing circumstances, etc.);
  • Experiencing poor or worsening mental health (e.g. compulsion, dependencies, depression); and
  • In poverty, or are at risk of poverty or destitution (especially those with no recourse to public funds)

Full details available  here.

Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme – opens later this month

As announced by Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, the Third Sector Community and Recovery Programme will open for applications later in September. 

As part of the programme tailored, specialist advice and financial support (grants and loans) will be available. The aim is to help organisations to adapt and change so they can re-open and operate sustainably post-COVID whilst continuing to have a positive impact on people and communities. This is being delivered by Firstport, Corra Foundation, SCVO, CEiS, Community Enterprise and Social Investment Scotland. Further information about this part of the programme will be available from this website later in September. 

If organisations are interested in receiving updates on this aspect of the programme including when it opens, eligibility and criteria, you can do so by signing up for the Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin here.  

Emergency Energy Vouchers

Home Energy Scotland offers:

  • Support for households with prepayment meters, including access to newly available crisis funding for those at risk of self-disconnection or running out of credit on their gas or electric meter to make sure they can keep their power on.
  • Practical help for people who find themselves without heating or hot water.
  • Clear advice on ways to save energy and reduce fuel costs while staying warm at home.
  • The latest information about extra help from energy suppliers to make sure households don’t get cut off.

Here’s how you can help:

  • You can refer your clients directly to Home Energy Scotland through their secure online referral portal and they will call them back within two working days.
  • If you aren’t on their portal, please call or email Michael Cromby on 07881109002 or michael.cromby@hi.homeenergyscotland.org and request to be added. This doesn’t take long, and they can arrange a short online training session on how to use it, for example via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
  • You can also advise your clients to call them direct on 0808 808 2282 to talk to one of their friendly advisors about ways they can support them. All calls are free and confidential.

Job Retention Bonus

To support the UK’s economic recovery, the Government are introducing a one-off Job Retention Bonus for employers that bring workers back from furlough.  A payment of £1,000 will be awarded for each furloughed worker who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

For further information or to view the criteria see here.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme will re-open for new applications from 1st June.  It will operate until further notice under the following revised criteria for support reflecting the impact of COVID-19.  

The Foyle Foundation understands that charities are now operating within very different circumstances since the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.  They are keen to be as flexible as they can be in support of small charities during this difficult and constantly changing ongoing period, while maintaining a focus on those who can demonstrate a clear (usually local) need for their services and financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application.

Who Can Apply?

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note they are not able to support individuals.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. 

Please note that they expect the competition for this fund to be intense and will receive many more applications than they are able to fund. 

For further information or to view the criteria see here.

Orkney Islands Council Community Resilience Fund for local third sector organisations working with:

People aged 70 or older and those aged under 70 with underlying health conditions including people given the flu vaccination each year on medical grounds

Those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing

Vulnerable isolated people and families particularly those living in remote rural areas, families where a parent or both parents have lost their employment or where children are living in poverty

Children and young people – particularly on creative, digital projects to provide a voice for younger members of the community.

More information and applications for funding available here  

Victim Support Victims Fund

The fund is open to any victim of any crime who is resident in Scotland currently accessing victim and other support services. Additional eligibility requirements are:

There is an urgent identified need
No other organisation can meet this need
The crime has been reported to the Police or other organisation
Funds provided require to be declared by the recipient

More information available here 

Third Sector Resilience Fund

About the Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20 million emergency fund for third sector organisations in Scotland. It is part of a £350m support package for the sector in Scotland in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The fund will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services during this difficult period.

The Fund is delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and Corra Foundation on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Who is it for?

The Third Sector Resilience Fund is designed for charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and other third sector organisations that already deliver services and products but that find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, as opposed to pre-existing financial difficulties. The funding’s primary intention is to help these organisations to stabilise and manage cashflows over this difficult period.

The TRSF is part of a range of support available to third sector organisations. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to assess all the schemes available to them and only apply to the Third Sector Resilience Fund if this is the most appropriate for their individual circumstances.

How much can organisations apply for?

The TSRF can provide grants between £5,000-£100,000. In addition, a further £5m is available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000. The fund is complemented by specialist business advice from Just Enterprise to help grant recipients maximise the impact of the financial support.

How can organisations apply?

Interested organisations should visit SCVO’s Third Sector Information Hub where all the information about the fund is available – https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund

SCVO – Coronavirus Funding Information https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding

Giving World partners with businesses and charities to redistribute end-of-line, surplus and discontinued products for free, to the most deprived communities across the UK. – If you are not already registered with us to access free of charge business surplus stock, you can do so here: https://www.givingworld.org.uk/charity/

Helping Communities affected by COVID 19

£350 million fund to support welfare and wellbeing

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has announced. The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.  Read more here.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

As well as loans, there are many other types of finance supported by the programme, depending on the provider.

Click here for more information

The coronavirus Charity Help Fund

£1m of funding for small charities

Localgiving – Magic Little Grants

In association with Postcode Community Trust, the fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation. The aim of the fund is to support the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health. Read more here.

Corra Foundation – Henry Duncan Grants: Micro Grants

Henry Duncan Grants was re-launched in 2020 with changes including a move to multi-year grants, unrestricted grants, and a rolling programme of micro grants. The fund will focus on a different theme each year. For 2020 this is – Enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty. See website for future themes. Up to £1k, rolling application process. Read more here

Creative Scotland

Three funds are available to support Scotland’s creative community. They include one-off bridging bursaries for freelance creative professionals and self-employed screen workers who have lost earnings and an open fund for sustaining creative development.

How to apply: online via website.

Crisis: Emergency Grants Fund

The fund is for organisations supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Small grants of up to £5,000 or larger awards up to £50,000 will support organisations experiencing funding difficulties, additional expenditure or increased service demand.

Deadline: apply as soon as possible.
How to apply: application form available from website.


The William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund have set up an initial fund of £100,000. Grants of a few hundred pounds will support faith groups to provide immediate support for individuals and families.

Deadline: apply as soon as possible.
How to apply: online application form on the website.

Leathersellers’ Company

A small grants programme with grants of up to £3,000 is available for charities who are working in the areas of homelessness, providing food and supplies, victims of domestic violence, and nursing care.

Deadline: 11 May 2020 but apply as soon as possible. Applications will reopen in August 2020 with new priorities.
How to apply: online via website.

National Lottery Awards for ALL

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. COVID-19 Response:

We remain open to all applications, but over the next six months we will prioritise applications that are COVID-19 related. We will prioritise applications from organisations that will support people at high risk, will see an increased demand in this period, or that have high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19.

National Lottery Community Fund

All the funding decisions the National Lottery Community Fund make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the crisis. You can read their update here.

How to apply: online via website.

Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus Fund

Grants from £5,000 upwards are available to support projects that contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes.

Deadline: apply as soon as possible as applications will be closed once they have funded a certain number of projects.
How to apply: submit one page outline to applications@standardlifefoundation.org.uk.

Youth Scotland Action Fund

The fund is available to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the coronavirus. The maximum amount available per application is £500, and grants must be spent within six weeks.

Deadline: no deadlines and applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis.
How to apply: application form on website and send via email to office@youthscotland.org.uk.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

The fund will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand. Grants of £500 are available.

Deadline: apply as soon as possible.
How to apply: online via website.

Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund

Applications for the new Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) are now open to charities. The £25 million emergency fund, which will provide repayable finance to UK charities and social enterprises directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. More info here

Employers and Businesses Support

ACAS – Free webinar available to view here 

The webinar covered:

  • steps that can help reduce the spread of the virus
  • effective ways of communicating with employees
  • self-isolating, time off, sickness certification and sick pay
  • altering working hours, shift patterns and working arrangements
  • remote working and the use of technology

The Guidance to Employers and Businesses about COVID-19 page has also been updated with further information around the following: Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme. Read more here.

The Non-domestic Rates Coronavirus page has been updated with further eligibility criteria for help with non-domestic rates in Scotland. Click here

RSABI – Our helpline – 0300 111 4166 – is open. We are here to support people in Scottish agriculture. Are you ok? Are your neighbours, friends and family ok? Please #keeptalking. Call us if you need us. NFU

The money-saving expert Martin Lewis is offering £1m in grants to small registered charities for projects related to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 will be available. Examples of projects that might be funded could include food banks and charities providing community aid or financial advice. Deadline 11:59pm on 25 March. Click here to apply.

COVID 19 – Support for Business

ScotlandSAYFC Young FarmersScottish Land & EstatesQuality Meat Scotland (QMS)SRUCScottish National Rural NetworkRural MattersWomen in Agriculture ScotlandBritish Veterinary Association – BVAScottish Crofting Federation

Job Retention Scheme  -The government have stated they will support employers by paying 80% of salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, in order to avoid redundancies.

Disclosure Scotland –   The following update highlights a temporary change to the way applications are processed by Disclosure Scotland.

Support for Social Enterprises

Just Enterprise will be confirming this week additional funding that will be made available to extend its usual advice and support to make application processes faster. In the meantime, please check out Social Enterprise Scotland for the latest advice for social enterprises and COVID 19. Click here for more information.

Social Enterprise UK – coronavirus resources

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) has put together awebsite for enterprises dealing with the impact of coronavirus. The website contains the latest resources, advice and support services, including webinars from leading voices within the sector.

They have a series of webinars this week. These are all free to sign-up too and the recordings will be available on this site. Each webinar is an hour long with plenty of time to ask questions. 

25 March, 12pm – Financial Support during the Pandemic: Ian Workman, Managing Director and Head SME at Barclays looks at the financial support available for social enterprises.


Institute of Fundraising – Fundraising Strategy & Planning

Of course the priority at this time is to ensure the safety of loved ones, ourselves and our community. And with fundraising events being cancelled and increasing pressure on donors for support, combined with greater demand on your organisation’s services, a fundraising strategy could not be more important. If you are in self-isolation and have some spare time, why not give your fundraising approach some careful thought to ensure your organisation can respond in the coming months. Read more here.

Is your business ready for coronavirus? – https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/


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