COVID-19 funding

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Updated 13 May 2020

There are funds and awards available to groups that are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in their communities. Learn more about them and how to apply.

**Updated to reflect changes in application deadlines and award amounts for some of the funds**

Wellbeing Fund

The Scottish Government's Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It can fund both immediate and emerging forms of support, from now up to the end of July 2020.


Currently closed for applications

Further information

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Organisational Support Fund for JRCT Grantees

Funding to support existing Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust grantees to ‘keep the lights on’ or otherwise adapt their work to the changed context arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fund award sizes

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be a current JRCT grantee, with a grant for which the final payment is no earlier than July 2020
  • They must have an annual organisational income of no more than £500,000, or free reserves of no more than £100,000 in their most recent financial year
  • Any monies spent from this fund must be in line with the charitable purposes for which their grant has been offered

How To Apply

To apply for funds, grantees should get in touch with their designated JRCT contact person and request an application form.

Decisions will be made within approximately one week of receipt of applications.

National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Emergency Fund

Grants for heritage organisations that have received NLHF funding in the past and are either a current grantee or still under contract following a previous grant and are most in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Fund award size

Maximum value: £50,000

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for operational costs in order to mitigate the immediate risks organisations are encountering in response to the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the short term (the next six months).

The short-term funding is designed to support the immediate actions required to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks.

This could be through:

  • Mothballing
  • Furloughing
  • Reconfiguring operations
  • Mergers
  • Business planning

Application deadline

Applications close on Tuesday 30 June

Who Can Apply

Organisations which have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

Priority will be given where:

  • There is limited or no access to other sources of support
  • Where heritage is most at risk
  • Where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.

How to Apply

The funding guidelines and application materials are available on their website.

Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

Fund award size

Maximum: £75,000

Who can apply

The Scottish Government has announced a second phase to the fund and pledged additional funding. For Phase 2 of the Third Sector Resilience Fund, the guidance and criteria have been adapted to maximise the number of third sector organisations that benefit from it:

  • Applicants must be at risk of or unable to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from the date of application
  • Funding requests must be for a three-month period (previously four months)
  • Eligible costs will be mostly limited to overheads and essential staff (administrative, for example) who cannot be furloughed
  • All grant applications requesting £50,000 or more will be considered for a loan, a grant, or a blended approach (part grant, part loan)

More information is available on the Scottish Government's website.

Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund Scotland

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is delivering the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. The RRR Fund 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.

Fund award sizes

Minimum: £1,000 Maximum: £5,000

Who can apply

Constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community with an annual income of £125,000 or less. Check the guidelines.

How to apply

When to apply

Apply at any time - they aim to turn around application swiftly.

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.

Fund award sizes

Grants are a few hundred pounds

Who can apply

Faith-based charities registered in Scotland

How to apply

When to apply

Apply at any time.