VSGWL, along with the network of 32 Third Sector Interface (TSIs) wrote to the Scottish Government earlier this week calling for resource to be urgently provided to the Third Sector. (Click here to view the letter)
As you may have seen yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government has announced a range of measures to support those in most need. £350m will be available to charities, community groups as well as councils and businesses to support those affected most by the coronavirus crisis.
The funding package will be allocated to existing funding streams through several new funds, with £45 million added to the existing Scottish Welfare Fund which makes Community Grants and Crisis Grants available to those in immediate need.
• £50 Million hardship fund available through local authorities
• £45 Million for the Scottish welfare fund to make community care and crisis grants available.
• £70 Million Food fund to support those who may struggle to access food either through income drop or self isolation, including older people
• £50 Million to a Wellbeing fund delivered in partnership with the voluntary sector to help those in social isolation.
• £40 Million Supporting communities fund to support community efforts that are springing up to help each other though this crisis.
• £20 Million to help third sector organisations with cash flow and business continuity.
• £25 Million in reserve for contingencies.
• £80K to Age Scotland to make 1,500 calls a day to older people in isolation.
• £500,000 to Social Bite to provide 3k meals a day to those who are homeless
We anticipate finding out quickly exactly what allocation of money will be provided to West Lothian and how this monies can be distributed. We will work closely with West Lothian Council to support vulnerable people and ensure that communities get the help and support they need as quickly as possible.