Funding for Organisations

This section will be updated regularly with details of any new funding streams that become available during the COVID-19 crisis. 

UK's furlough scheme

If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay.

More info:

The Wellbeing Fund

The Wellbeing Fund aims to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services to people who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This forms part of a £350 million package from the Scottish Government.  

This round of funding opened for applications on 8th May 2020. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by noon on 22nd May 2020.

1. Your activity should be focused on working with at risk groups with new needs which are not currently being met by existing services 

2. Your activity should be focused on providing vital wellbeing support on issues such as mental health, personal finances, employment, housing, food, physical health and home life. 

3. Your activity should be focused on immediate and emerging forms of support 

Organisations that were unsuccessful in the previous round are allowed to apply again if the issues that made the application unsuccessful have been resolved and the project meets the criteria of the fund.

More info:


Food Fund

£60 million has been allocated to structured public sector responses to support people facing additional barriers to accessing food, including those in the “shielded group”. A further £10 million is being used to support third sector infrastructure and community based action on food provision.   

Groups looking for funding to deliver food-related activities should apply to the Wellbeing Fund.

 Supporting Communities Fund

The Scottish Government's Supporting Communities Fund has been established with an initial £20m investment and is providing funding to Community Anchor Organisations, such as charities, voluntary organisations, community controlled housing associations and social enterprises to help support local responses to the pandemic. These community anchor organisations are already playing a key active role in providing services within their community and through this funding will be supported expand their existing networks and connections through their communities and surrounding communities where needed. They are well placed to work collaboratively and will help to support a co-ordinated approach locally, working with other active local charities, third sector organisations, volunteers, communities of interest and making links with the Local Authority, Third Sector Interfaces and other statutory providers, and can act as a conduit for funding to help channel support to where it is needed.

To date funding for over 170 community anchor organisations across Scotland has been approved. A list of organisations that have been approved for funding to date will be available shortly.


The 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 will support 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.

See the SCVO website for eligibility and guidelines…/for-organi…/third-sector-resilience-fund…

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund has been set up to provide crucial help for mothers, infants and their families who are in need of mental health support.

The fund is open to third sector organisations so they can provide enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services during pregnancy and in the early stages of  life.

Inspiring Scotland will run the fund and provide support to charities, working with the Scottish Government to achieve the goals of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board.

To receive an application, please register your interest:

Charities Aid Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  This fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them to continue to deliver much needed support within their communities.


Who can apply?

Organisations with a charitable purpose and activities, with an income of £1million or less in the last financial year. More information here

The online application is here but please look at which types of organisations are eligible to apply e.g CAF will not fund individuals or groups of individuals who have recently come together in their communities.

Email: if you need further information and advice.

The National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All 

An update on Awards for All criteria -

The Community Response, Recovery & 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.

Follow this link for more details and how to apply -

Covid-19 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. More info:

For an up to date list of independent grant funders, follow the link to SCVO's coronavirus information hub