Foundation Scotland In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust are providing funding to support charities and constituted community groups that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Their Response phase launched in March and by early June they had received over 1,000 applications. To date they have distributed more than 750 grants and £3.2M in funds to communities right across Scotland.
Community councils (CC) that received funding in this phase included Tillydrone in Aberdeen who were able to provide a tablet and internet access to their members to enable the CC to function effectively during lockdown and recovery. Also in the first phase, Contin CC in Ross-shire received funding to purchase equipment which allowed volunteers to prepare weekly hot meals for vulnerable residents.
Whilst the first phase of funding focussed on meeting communities most immediate needs, the fund is now focussing on Recovery. As some lockdown restrictions are lifted this phase of funding will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most.
The focus of Recovery funding is to support:
- the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained
- groups and activities supporting vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc.)
- food distribution services and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
- community response coordination
- volunteer costs for new and existing organisations
- a move to remote working and adapting services delivered in the wider community
- organisations providing emotional support, mental health and wellbeing and bereavement support
Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available. For more information and how to apply for the Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund please visit Foundation Scotland website.