Various Funding Schemes

Below is information on various funding schemes that are in place. If you need assistance with form filling or support please get in touch with any of our team below.

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Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF has launched a rapid response Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for organisations with an income of less than £1 million. The Fund can cover core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas to help organisations to continue to deliver much needed support to communities across the UK.
Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online application form on the website.

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme
The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups which fall within their programme areas.
Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Complete the eligibility quiz on the website.

Corona Virus Rapid Response Fund
This scheme is a rapid response by William Grant Foundation, National Lottery Community Fund and Faith in Community (Scotland) FiCS so that Scotland’s faith group network can support people to maintain safe connections with loved ones during covid19.
Further information, guidance and application forms are available via the link below (Please check as this fund could be closed as it had limited funds)

Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak:
• A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
• A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers.
• The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.

Crisis: Emergency Grants Fund
Crisis have opened an emergency grants fund for organisations supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Grants will support organisations that are experiencing funding difficulties, additional expenditure or increased service demand due to coronavirus.
Organisations can apply for small grants of up to £5,000 or larger awards up to £50,000.
Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Application form available from website

Faith in Community Scotland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund
The Fund (initially £100,000) has been established by the William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund so that Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19. Grants of a few hundred pounds are available to faith based charities registered in Scotland.
Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online application form on the website.

Heritage Emergency Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has set up a £50 million fund for heritage organisations across the UK. Grants will be between £3,000 and £50,000 with priority given where heritage is most at risk, an organisation is at risk of financial crisis due to coronavirus, or there is limited access to other sources of support.
How to Apply: Details to be announced

Leathersellers’ Company
A small grants programme with grants of up to £3,000 has been set up for registered charities who are working in the following areas:
• The homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
• Provision of food and essential supplies
• Victims of domestic violence
• Nursing care to vulnerable patients
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 Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund have decided that all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as they can, so that they can get money to where it needs to be. You can read their update via the link below.
The Community Fund programmes in Scotland are:
• Awards for All
• Young Start
• Grants for community-led activity
• Grants for improving lives

Princes Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme
The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of coronavirus. Grants of up to £2,500 are intended for costs outside of normal expenditure and are available for projects starting in the next six months.
Deadline: 12 noon on 15 April 2020 but apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online via website

Standard Life Foundation Coronavirus Fund
Standard life Foundation is making funding available for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Work should address specific challenges and help to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes.
Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts and the new funding stream will be a fast track process.
Deadline: No deadline but apply as soon as possible as applications will be closed once they have funded a number of project which they believe can make a difference.
How to Apply: Submit one page outline to
Link: None given

Saint Nicholas Care Fund
Offers small grants to organisations that support disadvantaged communities based in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Grants of up to £5,000 can cover a wide range range of activities but must be for a one-off project. They have a preference for small community based initiatives based around the principles of volunteerism and self help.
Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Application form and full guidance available from the website.

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. Grants of £500 are available.
Deadline: Apply as soon as possible.
How to Apply: Online via website.

The Third Sector Resilience Fund
This scheme 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

Youth Scotland Action Fund
Youth Scotland’s Action Fund has been established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the coronavirus. It is a micro grant fund and the maximum amount available per application is £500. Grants must be spent within six weeks of receiving it.
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

Drinks Trust
The Drinks Trust COVID 19 Relief Fund is open to people who have lost their job and/or income as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.Applicants will be subject to one of the following two situations:
• Been redundant and not furloughed
• Been on a zero hours contract and worked limited hours in recent months
In order to apply for assistance, the applicant must have been employed in the drinks industry for a period of 2 years, but this can have been in different roles at different times.
Deadline: 7pm Friday 10th April 2020 or once 10,000 applications have been received, whichever comes first.
How To Apply: Application form on website

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