Social Investment & Funding

Posted: 31 July 2020, in News

COVID-19 Funding

SCVO Funding Hub

Funding Scotland – Funding Scotland is a service provided by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to provide access to up to date, high-quality information on funding opportunities that is vital to third sector organisations in Scotland. 

Corra Coronavirus Response Fund – grants of up to £10,000 for charities and voluntary organisations with an income of less than £250,000, available on a rolling basis.

Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund – part of the Scottish Government’s £185m Business Support Fund.

A guide for social enterprises and charities navigating funding possibilities during Covid-19

100+ Charity Emergency Funders

Third Sector Resilience Fund – Due to the overwhelming demand for the TSRF, the Scottish Government has announced a second phase to the fund and pledged additional funding. 

Extra support for charities – Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

£100m funds to help business – £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people is open for applications. The three separate funds will be administered by local authorities and Scotland’s enterprise agencies and will begin to pay out grants in early May.

  • The Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund – a £45m fund for viable but vulnerable SMEs who are vital to Scotland’s economy.
  • The Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund – a £20m fund for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of COVID-19 business rates relief.
  • The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – a £35m fund for the newly self-employed facing hardship through £2,000 grants.

Small Business Grant Scheme – Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 1 (Temporary Framework) – Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £55 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The aim of this competition is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of Covid-19.

The Gannochy Trust Recovery and Renewal Fund – to assist in keeping our local charities operational during the pandemic, and to enable them to develop and deliver the important services that our local communities need. £10k-50k.

Visit Scotland funding – a range of funds to support the tourism industry.

Energy Saving Trust – Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme -Minimum grant of £20,000 for charities that help reduce fuel poverty. 

Strengthening Civil Society programme – Three new funding streams to support existing grantholders and others to tackle the challenges posed by Covid-19. 

Bounce Back Loans – new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders.

Alpkit Grassroots Support – support for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those effected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.

Bank of Scotland Foundation REACH fund – suitable for charities that can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion.

COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund – Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.  The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. 

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

National Lottery Community Fund – All National Lottery Community Fund funding decisions in the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis, and helping organisations overcome liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

WEEE Fund – The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Fund (WEEE Fund) has announced its “WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package” to help support the electrical waste reuse and recycling sector as a result of the impact of the coronavirus.  

Heritage Emergency Fund – The £50m fund is available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

St Nicholas Care Fund Covid 19 – During the current crisis, the St Nicholas Care Fund is operating on a rolling programme of grant-giving. for organisations that support disadvantaged communities based in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Up to £5,000.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund– Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new short-term fund to support organisational need in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand. Up to £500.

Persimmon Community Champions – Each of their 31 businesses and their PLC head office are giving away up to £2000 each every month – that’s £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives.

SEN Bridging Loan Fund – The Social Enterprise Network (SEN) Bridging Loan is a small fund that is capitalised by the investment of people and organisations within the Scottish Third Sector, via the purchase of Community Bonds.

The Yapp Charitable Trust – Grants only to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000. Up to £3,000.

Enterprising Provan Coronavirus Fund – Grants available to local organisations or groups with enterprise ideas that will add value to local communities. Up to £1000.

Creative Scotland Open Fund -Sustaining Creative Development – This fund focuses on helping individuals and organisations in the creative industries to sustain themselves. Up to £50,000.

Gordon & Ena Baxter’s Foundation – Moray Third Sector Emergency Fund – fund for charities based in the Moray local authority area which have been adversely affected by the coronavirus. Up to £500.

Inverclyde Community Fund – Coronavirus Response – ICF is a charitable trust which makes small grants to voluntary organisations across the Inverclyde area. Up to £250.

Action Against Corona Funding – Apply for support including grants or investments as well as support through Action Against Corona’s network and partners.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program –  $100m in cash grants and advert credits to up to 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries.

Firstport’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund

  •  Pounds for Purpose £500 awards if you are aged 16-26 and want to put an idea that creates a positive impact into action.
  • Start It – Up to £5000 towards the start-up costs of your social enterprise idea.
  • Build It- Up to £25,000 if you have tried and tested a social enterprise idea and want to turn it into your full-time job.

Inspiring Futures – a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. Up to £80K to work with children and young people ages 10-18.  Deadline – 11.30am on Friday 31st July

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – up to £30K to charities that improve education and health for young people.  Deadline – 6th October

BAME Infrastructure Support Fund – for BAME-led organisations to help more Black, Asian and minority ethnic organisations and groups apply for National Emergencies Trust coronavirus crisis funding.  Up to £20K 

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund launches second round of funding – to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations or to support the need for expanded or adapted services. Deadline – 3rd August

Women’s Fund for Scotland – Response, Recovery, Resilience – up to £5K in 2 areas.  Emergency Response, intended to equip organisations to provide – so far as possible – the seamless provision of services; and Recovery and Resilience, to adapt normal working practices to confirm to Govt-related Covid guidelines. Deadline – 4pm , August 10th

GSK IMPACT Awards –  Winners receive core funding of up to £40K and access to training and development. Your organisation must be at least 3 years old and working in a health-related field.  Deadline – September 14th

Agnes Hunter Trust – Supporting charities who work with disabled people or assist with the education and training of disadvantaged young people.  Deadline September 3rd

Henry Duncan Grants – grants of up to £8,000 a year for up to 5 years for charities that are enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty.

Partnership Drugs Initiative – funding to charities that support children and young people in Scotland.