We’ve launched our Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller organisations across the UK support older people most affected by COVID-19. I would be very grateful if this information could be shared in your regular newsletters, or funding-specific newsletter if you have one.
Our Aim is simple, through our collaborative efforts we want to reach more people, particularly those who are:
We will be releasing £2 million across four sperate funding rounds. In each round we will be making £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.
Go to our website to find out more. You will also be able to also find further information on our eligibility criteria, guidance on how to apply and links to download an application form.
We won’t be able to respond to queries by phone so please get in contact with us by emailing: GrantsFund@independentage.org
Funding dates and application deadlines:
Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian (VSGWL) is pleased to launch a £52,000 emergency small grants fund to provide financial assistance to local grassroots organisations and groups. The grant will help groups directly supporting West Lothian residents who are facing additional barriers or have increased requirements as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Awards will be made between £600 and £2,400. Successful organisations will need to undertake all activities by 30th of September 2020. Closing date for applications is Friday 5th June at 5pm.
See one page application form and guidance note for further information.
VSGWL were successful in our application to the National Lottery to disburse grants from their Community Fund. West Lothian Social Enterprise Network (WLSEN) is also partnering with us to help distribute these grants.
Please share this message with widely within your networks.
New round of Wellbeing Fund to help charities and social enterprises support those impacted by coronavirus
The second round of the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund is now open to applications from voluntary sector organisations providing crucial services to people as a result of coronavirus. The Fund is being delivered through an innovative model which involves national organisations and funders working alongside Third Sector Interfaces from across Scotland’s 32 local authorities.
The first round closed on 30 April having received over 1,000 applications, with half of applications already assessed and more than £6 million approved for funding so far. Awards have been offered to support a wide range of activity across all communities in Scotland. From creative learning packs, online exercise classes and increased phone contact to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and young people, to grocery and baby essential parcels for those who are self-isolating.
So far the majority of applications have been from local organisations working within a single local authority, and early analysis indicates good targeting towards areas of deprivation and those experiencing greater vulnerability. The most common beneficiary group in round one was children and families followed by older people, and almost 60% of projects aimed to support mental health and wellbeing. Around £4 million of applications related to food preparation and distribution.
The second round of the Wellbeing Fund is open to all voluntary sector organisations that did not apply or receive funding from the first round. Applications from organisations working to support people facing financial or employment difficulties are being particularly encouraged, as well as applications from organisations working with minority communities.
More information about the Wellbeing Fund, including eligibility criteria, can be found here.
The Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund has been open for applications since the 26th of March 2020 and to date we have distributed over £1.3 million in grants to organisations working to address immediate needs in their communities. In order to ensure we have enough funds to continue to meet these needs and taking into consideration other funding that is now available we have updated our eligibility criteria. From the 20th of April 2020 only organisations with an income of less than £125,000 will be eligible to apply. As and when more funds arrive or if there are changes to restrictions in place due to COVID-19 we may make further amendments so please do continue to refer to the website and our guidelines for any further updates.
Foundation Scotland are providing immediate funding to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community. Funding is available between £1,000 and £5,000– focussed on immediate community needs. We aim to turn around funding applications swiftly, and to keep our application process straightforward.
£600,000 funding for short breaks projects for carers and the people they care for: APPLY NOW!
The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), and young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.
The Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus.
£10m has already been allocated for immediate priorities and £7 million has been committed to provide around 2,000 charities with small grants through Corra, Inspiring Scotland, STV Appeal, SCVO and Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces. The remaining £33 million is now open to bids from Third Sector Organisations.
You can register your interest here
West Lothian Council is offering additional funding of £327,000 to West Lothian Third Sector groups to help them support local vulnerable people during the COVID-19 emergency by launching a Third Sector Hardship Fund. The fund is targeted at third sector organisations providing support to vulnerable groups, particular the elderly and those with disabilities, and aims to support additional costs for these organisations in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This includes local charities, community groups, community councils, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.
The Third Sector Hardship Fund will provide voluntary organisations with additional funding to enhance existing COVID-19 responses and to introduce new support where this is necessary. People with disabilities and our elderly population are the most likely to be affected by the social distancing arrangements currently in place and support for these groups is the focus of the fund.
To apply please complete the attached application form and email it to RegenerationTeam@westlothian.gov.uk by 10am on Thursday 16 April.
mobile: 07976327411 also available for video calls through Microsoft TEAMS and WhatsApp and when unavailable telephone 01418460447
Various funds have been announced recently to help organisations deal with the impact of coronavirus on services over the past few days.: As a reminder, these are captured below;
It is anticipated more Scottish Government funding pots will be announced made in the coming days. We will highlight these and other funding opportunities as funds go-live.
Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian is a Registered Company in Scotland No. SC244154 and Registered Scottish Charity No. SC027612.
Registered Office: 20-22 King Street, Bathgate, EH48 1AX
Registered Office: 20-22 King Street, Bathgate, EH48 1AX