COVID-19 Third Sector Funders and Funding UPDATED 2/7/20

What Funding is available to Third Sector Organisations? We will update these pages as and when information is available…. Please scroll down the page – there are lots of links to live funds and grants

UPDATED 2/7/20

***The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been at the forefront of providing emergency support, during the coronavirus pandemic, to the heritage sector. The criteria for that fund  has now been expanded  to help heritage organisations safely reopen in line with the Scottish Government’s new guidelines.The application deadline is Friday 31 July 2020. Find out more or contact the Scotland team

***Spring Impact have launched Scale Accelerator – a fully funded 6-month Accelerator Programme for UK based charities and social enterprises. Starting in November 2020, the programme will provide vital support, skills and perspective for organisations aiming to maximise their impact and change more lives. Successful organisations will receive £30,000 worth of consultancy support.  Applications close on 12 August and you can apply online by completing a short eligibility quiz. You can apply on their website

***Paths for All Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Fund is now open. Supported by Transport Scotland,it funds projects that encourage walking, cycling and using sustainable transport.  The fund is open to public, community and third sector organisations.

***Women’s Fund for Scotland grants of up to £5,000 are available under the following 2 areas: Emergency Response and Recovery and Resilience. The Recovery and Resilience strand is intended to support organisations adapting their normal working practices to conform to any Government guidelines relating to Covid-19, whilst continuing to meet the needs of the women and girls they work with. More information and how to apply on their website:

***Creative Communities is a new programme from Inspiring Scotland that aims to support and empower communities to develop cultural activities. The programme will distribute up to £600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020-June 2021. In addition to investing in projects, Inspiring Scotland will provide a number of community organisations with development support to progress ideas to the point where they can be more fully funded over the course of a second year.  Go to their website to apply

***The Cycling Friendly Communities development fund 2020/21 is now open, the fund supports community groups to take a leading role in increasing the number of people who cycle. Read more and apply on their website

UPDATED 23/6/20

***RBS Social and Community Capital have launched a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund which is offering unrestricted grants to between £5,000 – £50,000 to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Applications opened on 22 June and are expected to be open for at least a week. So get your application in quick. You can find all of the guidelines and application form here.

***Baillie Gifford Fund will support community groups and small charities across Scotland with an income of less than £250,000. There are grants for community organisations and grassroots sports. The next deadline is 24th August.

***Scottish Whisky Action Fund  Aims to invest in organisations that have innovative plans to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland. The fund can make awards up to £25,000. The deadline for applications is 2nd July

UPDATED 18/6/20

***One Parent Families Scotland has secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund to provide vital support to single parents across Scotland during this challenging period.  Through this funding, third sector and statutory organisations can sponsor single parents to apply for £50 for help with their energy costs. Sponsoring organisations can access the application form via the following link:   Password: singleparentsponsor The grant opened on 15th June at 12 noon and close on 24th June at 5pm.  Dependent on demand this may have to be shortened.  If you require any assistance, please contact 0131 556 3899 or by email

***The Sports Organisation Support COVID-19 fund delivers funding to sports clubs and organisations requiring support to help them emerge from short term financial hardship and costs associated with restarting sports activities under social distancing guidelines. This fund is specifically targeted at organisations in the sport and physical activity sector who have a role in supporting Glasgow communities to get and stay active. Organisations can apply for grants up to £2,000. Find out more  here.

***SCVO website lists sources of funding from Government, local government and independent organisations and trusts. See link to Independent funding sources that are currently live

***The Movement for Good Awards have opened for Phase 2 which will see 10 charities receive a grant of £50,000. Championing innovation, the awards are focused on supporting charities to turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. Applications are open from Monday 15 June – Friday 24 July 2020. For all the information, see the Movement for Good website.

UPDATED 10/6/20

*** Children in Need Next Steps Programme will open for applications from 10 June 2020The Next Steps programme is  designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for projects commencing in September 2020.

***The Bank of Scotland Reach Programme is suitable for charities who can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion. For the remainder of 2020 Reach will be a monthly programme.

***SCVO website lists sources of funding from Government, local government and independent organisations and trusts. See link to Independent funding sources that are currently live

UPDATED 3/6/20

***Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Funding This fund, delivered via Foundation Scotland, remains open. It aims to support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and to recover from its impact.  You can apply here,-recovery-resilience-fund/

***SCVO website lists sources of funding from Government, local government and independent organisations and trusts. See link to Independent funding sources that are currently live

UPDATED 27/5/20

***Give Local COVID-19 Response by United Way UK will be distributing an estimate of 20 small grants of £2,000, £3,000 and £5,000, and 3 community impact grants of £10,000.  Applications close on 5th June :

***SCVO website lists sources of funding from Government, local government and independent organisations and trusts. See link to Independent funding sources that are currently live

UPDATED 21/5/20

*** 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 coronavirus. You can NOW apply on the Glasgow City Council website:

***Independent Age Covid-19 Fund: Older people’s charity Independent Age has launched a £2m fund for small charities working with older people in challenging situations or who could be overlooked during the Covid-19 crisis are being invited to apply. The first round opened 18th May and will close at 9am on 4 June. More info and apply

UPDATED 14/5/20

***Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme: Charities that support vulnerable energy users or have innovative ideas that will benefit energy customers are being invited to apply for a share of £13m of funding from the latest round of the scheme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust. Charities must register for the Energy Redress Scheme two weeks before the deadline in order to be eligible.

*** Glasgow CAN Resilience Grant of up to £500 to members for projects based north of the river. Please contact Glasgow CAN if you are not sure if you are eligible or not via This grant is open to Glasgow CAN members only but membership is free. Applications open 11th May and the deadline is 25th May.
More info and how to apply: 

UPDATED 13/5/20

***Small Business Grant Scheme  premises now eligible for £10,000 grants. 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.The Small Business Grant Scheme is administered by local authorities. Organisations can apply for the scheme through their local council. Read the Scottish Government full statement

***Glasgow Food Fund launched today by Glasgow City Council and GCVS. This is a small fund for third sector organisations, who can apply for grants of £100-£5000.

The money is available to help organisations maintain or enhance existing food work and to provide food in areas of the city or to client groups who are currently not getting help. Glasgow Food Fund Guidance and Application Form

***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 corona virus. Applications to be received by noon on 22nd May 2020.

UPDATED 6/5/20

***Glasgow City Council Area Partnership Budget Applications The deadline for applications for the next round of Area Partnerships under the revised process  is fast approaching. Applications should be sent by 15th May 2020, with decisions being made on 30th June 2020.
For more information, contact  Fiona Dickson (for Wards 2-5, 10-16 and 23;

***The Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund Update. This fund supports organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus. The fund is currently paused; however it is anticipated that Phase 2 of the Wellbeing Fund will open again for new Expressions of Interest on May 8th 2020.

*** Third Sector Resilience Fund remains open. The fund’s primary intention is to help these organisations to stabilise and manage cash-flows over this difficult period.

***Barclays’ 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme, is making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19.The programme will focus on supporting charity partners who are meeting the immediate needs of people in our communities. The closing date is Friday 22 May, 2020.×100-uk-covid-19-community-relief-programme/

UPDATED 30/4/20

***One Parent Scotland Emergency Fund is now live – One Parent Families Scotland have secured funding to support single parent families on low incomes who are under extreme financial pressure due to the virus. The fund can provide a one-off payment of £50 to single parent families who are struggling to pay their energy bills (gas/electric).

***SCVO Third Sector Information Hub has up-to-date coronavirus funding information

***Awards for All The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that applications for grants of between £300 – £10,000 are available to new applicants affected by COVID-19, groups already currently in receipt of an Awards for All grant or have had a grant in the last 12 months.  For information, and to apply:

***Grantsonline have a list of Community Foundations and other organisations that are currently taking applications from organisations responding to the challenges of coronavirus pandemic

***Grantfinder is a national website with information about UK and Scottish coronavirus funding news

***National Emergencies Trust Update: Funds for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation Scotland through the ‘Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund’ (RRR).,-recovery-resilience-fund/ 

***Third Sector Resilience Fund Update:

UPDATED 24/4/20

***The Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund is now PAUSED to allow for the assessment of applications made in the first round. The fund will open for expressions of interest again on 7th May 2020

*** Bank of Scotland Reach programme wants to ensure they support a greater number of charities over the coming months, for the remainder of 2020, Reach will be a monthly programme. The eligibility criteria has also been broadened and charities can now apply for funding between £5,000 – £30,000 over one year. First tranche of applications opens Monday 11th May and closes Wednesday 20th May.

*** The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live on Monday 20th April 2020.

UPDATED 16/4/20

***The Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund is now open for expressions of interest from all third sector organisations. The fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus.

***Persimmon Homes Charitable Foundation is operating 2 charity schemes aimed at giving grants to groups supporting – specifically the under-18s and people aged over 70.
Building Futures: Community Champions gives away single donations up to the value of £1,000. All funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

***Compassionate Communities Week starts on 27 April. You can apply for a small grant (of up to £100) for small organisations and community groups to help them with their response to coronavirus

***Thomas Pocklington Trust set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

*** St Nicholas Care Fund– If you are a small organisation working with disadvantaged communities you may submit your application at any time

Added 8/4/20

***Leather Sellers Small Grants: up to £3000, the programme is open to UK registered charities, useful to cover unexpected cost or funding small projects. The programme focus is currently supporting:
– the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
– provision of food and essential supplies
– victims of domestic violence
– nursing care to vulnerable patients

***The National Lottery Community Fund: latest updates from the Lottery Community Fund, they’ll continue to be flexible with their existing grants. However, their priority will be Covid-19 Crisis. The funding programmes are open.

***Crisis, in this Together: has established an emergency fund to support local groups and organisations who need help to respond to the additional demands on their resources or need to expand their provision to respond to meet the need of those experiencing homelessness. Organisation and groups can apply to Awards up to £5k and £50k.
***The Cloth Workers Foundation: Emergency Capital Programme is opened. The Small capital Grants will be up to £5k for essential capital items to adapt or increase services response to the Covid-19 Crisis. Fast track application process and they aim to make decisions within a week of submission of application.

***Heritage Emergency Fund: Grants from £5k to £50k available to organisations running heritage projects , including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

Updated 2/4/20

***You can use this Government page to link through to health and financial advice and information for individual and businesses

***The Response Recovery Resilience Fund – National Emergencies Trust
The Response Resilience Fund is NOW OPEN and will support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact.

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is delivering the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. Find out more information including guidance notes and application form on the link below.,-recovery-resilience-fund/

***Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund is NOW OPEN. The £20m fund 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 directly as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund’s primary intention is to help these organisations to stabilise and manage cash-flows over this difficult period.
The TSRF is delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and Corra Foundation and it offers charities grants of £5,000-£100,000. This is part of the £350 million fund to support welfare and wellbeing announced in March. For more information:

***Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund (update- paused due to high demand)
The CAF has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This will provide grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them to continue to deliver support within their communities. Find out more on their website or email

For more information:

***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 Covid-19 Coronavirus.

*** Glasgow Community Planning Area Partnership 

GCC are keen to continue their support for community organisations,  via the Area Partnership budgets, during the current coronavirus pandemic, particularly where funding is sought to support vulnerable citizens or those self-isolating. Read their full communication here area partnership_GCPP_email_ 260320 and get application forms on their website.

***Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund
This fund can provide cash grants to help families with children who are suffering extreme hardship, including the impact of the Coronavirus.

***Standard Life Foundation
Announced that we will be making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.

*** Faith In the Community Rapid Response Fund
The Fund 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.

***Bridging Bursary for Arts & Creatives
This fund is to support freelance artists and freelance creative practitioners working in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic


What is the Response of Funders to COVID-19?
SCVO have added a funders update to page to their website
National Lottery Community Fund: 
25/3/20: We have summarised Funders responses to Covid-19 and how organisations work is changing in response to the many challenges their services face. We have looked through funders websites and gathered their responses COVID-19_A word from Funders_250320

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