The Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is delighted to announce that it has made a sum of money available for a fast-track funding stream for organisations working to support vulnerable people in their local communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund is seeking expressions of interest from groups across Caithness which require additional support or funding to enable them to carry out support activities for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to be as fast and flexible as possible, as the Fund recognises that the needs of communities and the organisations supporting them are changing on a regular basis at this time.
Groups interested in applying are invited to contact the Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org to give a brief outline of their proposal and an estimation of their funding requirement. The Fund team will then process these as quickly as possible and invite formal applications to support eligible projects.
The Fund recognises that many groups outwith its usual catchment area are doing important and valuable work to support their communities at this time, and it wants to act to support these groups. This is a difficult time for all across Caithness, and the Fund feels it is important that everyone pulls together to offer what support they can to those in need. The Fund also remains open for applications from individuals and groups in the West Caithness Community Council area, as well as from eligible educational and sporting organisations across the county. Those interested in applying for funding via the usual process can do so by 13 July for consideration at the next Board meeting, and full details of eligibility can be found on the Fund website. Any groups or individuals interested in applying for either funding stream are invited to contact the Fund in the first instance, by emailing email@example.com
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. We recognise that this network connects into communities across the country and that groups are in contact with some of the people who are most adversely affected by COVID-19.
This crisis has already proven that the most important things for all of us are our relationships and connections with each other – and this fund is to support the people most at risk of becoming disconnected. Since the Fund opened on Friday 27 March, approximately £70,000 has been awarded to over 100 groups across Scotland. https://www.faithincommunity.scot/covid19info?mc_cid=c67b8d0c5c&mc_eid=182507ccc3
Scottish Government last week announced that 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. It will apply to properties which are in receipt of any Charitable Rates Relief or Sports Relief, but are otherwise eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme. You can find out and apply for the Small Business Grant by visiting the Highland Council website. https://www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus/businessgrant
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.
- Your activity should be focused on working with at risk groups with new needs which are not currently being met by existing services
- 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.
- Your activity should be focused on immediate and emerging forms of support
What is funding available for?
The Wellbeing Fund is focused on providing funding to organisations that can support people who are facing additional barriers or have increased requirements as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. It can fund both immediate and emerging forms of support, from now up to the end of July 2020, reflecting that the context for people and communities may change over that time.
You should complete the online application form and return it along with any requested supporting documents before noon on Friday 22nd May 2020.
You can download a template application form to help you prepare your application. We strongly encourage you to draft your application in this form first, but you must use the online form to complete your application. You will receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received and will hear back from us no later than June 5th 2020. to find out more go to https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/wellbeing-fund/guidance-for-applicants
With Phase 2, the Scottish Government has refined the focus of the fund so it benefits the maximum number of organisations possible, prioritising those most at risk of immediate closure. The new focus is also about working better in conjunction with other Scottish and UK Governments programmes.
The most up to date information, Guidance Notes and FAQs have now been updated on the https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund but here are the main changes you need to be aware of and what they mean if you are in the process of applying:
- Applicants must be at risk of or unable to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from the date of application. This means that if your available cash reserves (i.e. money in the bank) can see you through the next three months, unfortunately, the fund will not be able to help
- The maximum grant amount you can apply for is £75,000 (previously £100,000)
- Funding requests must be for three months (previously four months)
- Eligible costs will be mostly limited to overheads and essential staff. By essential we mean the employees you need to keep the organisation going (e.g. to run payroll, undertake critical maintenance, etc.)
- All grant applications requesting £50,000 or more will be considered for a loan, a grant or a blended approach (part grant, part loan)
- The fund will work even closer with the Just Enterprise programme to make sure that applicants understand their financial position and future need before applying or resubmitting an application. This means that if you apply for a grant but are unsuccessful, they may recommend that you access Just Enterprise support before applying again