COVID-19 support for the third sector

Information and support for third sector organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community and third sector support 

We're working with the Scottish Government and our partner agencies to bring you information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're in daily contact with the Government helping to shape and influence specific support packages related to the third sector to ensure those operating in our region are represented. 

The main hub for third sector support at the moment is through the SCVO website. This hub is being updated on a daily basis and includes information on funding sources available, remote working, new service delivery models, as well as giving you the option to sign up to a newsletter to keep you up to date as regularly as possible. 

Visit the SCVO website

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£20m third sector resilience fund

The Scottish Government has allocation £20m towards a third sector resilience fund. It has been set up to help third sector organisations affected by cash flow and other problems as an impact of COVID-19. 

Who can access this support? 

The fund will support registered charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that already deliver vital services in communities but find themselves in financial difficulties as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The primary aim of this fund is to help these organisations to stabilise and manage cashflows over this difficult period.

Who will deliver the fund?

The Fund will be delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra Foundation. Grants of between £5,000-£100,000 can be awarded. In addition there will be up to a further £5m available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000.


To be eligible, interested organisations must be:

  • a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation based in Scotland and/or primarily delivering services/activities in Scottish communities;
  • already delivering those products or services prior to March 2020;
  • and needing funding to stabilise cashflows directly as a result of the impact of COVID-19, as opposed to pre-existing financial difficulties.

Applications for the Third Sector Resilience Fund will open on Wednesday 25th March. Interested applicants are encouraged to read the fund’s Guidance Notes and FAQs prior to starting an application.

Visit the SCVO Hub to apply

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Supporting Communities Fund

The Scottish Government has made a £40m fund available to community organisations including those that are not registered charities to support small scale community resilience. The fund will be allocated through community anchor organisations that are already playing a key active role in providing services within the community and will likely have established networking and connections through the communities. 

We're working very closely with the Scottish Government and a range of national partners in the development of support for our communities in the Highlands and Islands. And we're actively contributing to the development of the funding investment and co-ordination of resource for our communities.

We'll update this page with more information as soon as it's available. 

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Resilient Communities Fund - 2020 emergency response for COVID-19

SSEN has established this fund to support communities in our power distribution network area to improve local resilience. This funding comes from a proportion of the performance reward we receive from the regulator Ofgem. SSEN recognises the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the communities we support and has allocated the 2020 round of the fund specifically for projects which support the community response to Coronavirus.

Fund amount

There is £350,000 of funding available across our distribution areas in the north of Scotland.


Community councils in the SSEN north of Scotland distribution area can apply for a grant of up to £3,000. 

Fund Deadline

30 April 2020 - award decision within 4 weeks.

Find out more and apply on the SSEN website


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Other sources of funding for communities and the third sector

There are a number of funding sources available to community groups and third sector organisations now available. The following includes government funds being delivered through some of our partnership organisations and includes links to their websites to find out more and information on how to apply. 

Credit Union Resilience Loans

The Scottish Government has set up the Credit Union Resilience Fund to support credit unions who need additional support during this difficult period. It is hoped that this fund will support credit unions with their working capital as well as with their liquidity.
Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is managing the fund.

Find out more and apply on the SIS website

Foundation Scotland - Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

The Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRR fund) will support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and recover from its impacts.

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is delivering the fund. Launched by the Duke of Cambridge, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) is a fundraising appeal which will distribute money through several foundations which cover the UK. Foundation Scotland is the lead partner for NET in Scotland.

The first stage of response is about providing emergency funding for local charities and grassroots organisations who are currently supporting some of Scotland’s most affected and vulnerable people.

Longer term, recovery and resilience measures will be about funding a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected.

Find out more on Foundation Scotland's website

CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.   

Visit the CAF website






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