We know you will have questions on funding, training, support as well as questions you would like to ask funders themselves, so we have pulled together this separate COVID-19 Directory.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either Alison or  Kaja!

Each Wednesday we publish our Funding & Resilience Bulletin.  If you would like to receive this Bulletin please email martyn.walker@acvo.org.uk.

Kaja has wrote a short blog post on her notes as an assessor of the first round of the Wellbeing Fund.  Find out more here.

Updated Wednesday 20th May 10:30am

Funding Opportunities

  • The ACVO Community Anchor Fund is now open for applications for awards between £600-£4,000 for organisations and groups that support people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures Closing date for applications is the 27th May. For more information visit www.acvo.org.uk/anchor.
  • Aberdeen applications  sought for The Response, Recovery and Resilience  This fund has been open for applications since the 26th of March 2020 and to date we has distributed over £1.3 million in grants to organisations working to address immediate needs in their communities.  From the 20th of April 2020 only organisations with an income of less than £125,000 will be eligible to apply.
  • Funding for under 18s and people over 70  The PR company for Persimmon Homes has been in touch to spread awareness as widely as possible of the following: Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. We are calling on local groups within your area which support children to apply. It can all be done online remotely here. Also, Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK.Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s. Again, they can apply online here.
  • Funding for creative sector during COVID-19:  Creative Scotland has launched three new funds to support the creative sector during this period:
    •  Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund – To help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
    • Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund – To provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers
    •  Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development – To provide support for individuals and organisation
  • VRF – Emergency Fund for people experiencing homelessness The VRF Emergency Fund has three broad categories: Basic Essential Need; Overcoming Barriers to Support; and Securing Accommodation.  We are not prescriptive in what you can apply for under each category, so please choose the category which you think best reflects the need you are asking for a grant for. We only accept applications from paid frontline workers who provide support to people experiencing homelessness or whose accommodation might be at risk. Frontline workers include staff working in the voluntary, statutory and public sectors. For example: Resettlement or Outreach workers, CAB advisers, Supported Housing Officers, Mental Health Workers, Drug and Alcohol Support, GPs, Probation Officers, Social Workers, Prison in-reach workers, Police, Health Professionals.
  • Perinatal mental health:  Mums, dads and families at risk of poor mental health during pregnancy and the early years will be able to access enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services, with new annual funding of up to £1 million. The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund will provide crucial help by supporting third sector organisations to deliver key services and address gaps in provision.  Register online here.   Inspiring Scotland will run the fund – which will open to charities from August
  • Bank of Scotland Foundation Reach programmeFor the remainder of 2020, Reach will be a monthly programme with grants of between £5,000 – £30,000. The next round opens on 11 May 2020.  Our Reach programme is suitable for charities can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion. This will ensure that our funding will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity and equality and making positive, sustainable change. Disadvantage : Examples include charities addressing primary disadvantage such as homelessness, abuse, mental health or poverty, or secondary disadvantage such as debt issues, learning disabilities, illiteracy, lack of employability skills or health issues. Social Exclusion: Examples include charities addressing exclusionary challenges for minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people, drug users, institutional care leavers, the elderly or the young.
  • Faith in Community Scotland Fund The William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund have set up an initial fund of £100,000. Grants of a few hundred pounds will support faith groups to provide immediate support for individuals and families.
  • Unrestricted grants – apply as soon as possible Unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries and prepare for delivery when the crisis is over. Deadline: apply as soon as possible, they will initially accept the first 500 applications and open for additional applications when funding becomes available.
  • Youth Mental  Health funds Grants between £50 and £10,000 for registered charities to help to keep essential youth mental health services running or support young people’s mental health in crisis.
  • The RRR Fund is  keen to receive more applications from Aberdeen City. It is supporting local charities and grassroots organisations to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact. Foundation Scotland is delivering the RRR Fund in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust. Grants to Community Charities and Organisations from the Response Fund.  Funding is available between £1,000 and £5,000– focussed on immediate community needs. The application process is straightforward. If you are seeking immediate community support funding – please complete the online application. In the medium and longer term, Recovery and Resilience will fund a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover, re-establish or re-design their activities once the outbreak eases in response to community needs at that point.
  • The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) –  the Scottish Government has announced a second phase to the fund and pledged additional funding.  The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. For Phase 2 of the Third Sector Resilience Fund, the guidance and criteria have been adapted
    • Applicants must be at risk of or unable to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from the date of application
      • The maximum grant amount awarded will be £75,000
        •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. Please visit the FAQs section for more detailed information
  • Wellbeing FundThe second round of the Wellbeing Fund is now open! The fund supports organisations providing crucial services to people in need as a result of coronavirus. The criteria for the second round can be found here. Applications from organisations working to support people facing financial or employment difficulties are being particularly encouraged, as well as applications from organisations working with ethnic minority communities.  To be considered for funding, applications must be received by noon on 22nd May 2020.The Government has recognised the important role interfaces such as ACVO play in supporting third sector and communities. As a result of this, we have been asked to work as a strategic partner and participate in assessment of applications for this fund. This makes it really important that, when you possibly can amongst your front-line work, you keep the ACVO team aware of what is happening for you – what is operational, what resources you need, what problems you are facing.If you would like to have a conversation about eligibility and criteria fit for your project in relation to this fund and general advice on common mistakes please contact Kaja or Sandy. We are more than happy to chat through any ideas and questions you might have prior to the application stage.If you would like independent feedback on your completed draft application for this fund i.e. wording, whether the application presents a convincing argument, please get in touch with Alison.
  • Barclays Community Relief Fund –  have launched our 100 x 100 COVID-19 UK Community Relief programme (the 100 x 100 programme) and are inviting eligible UK-registered charities* to apply for a £100,000 donation to support immediate COVID-19 relief work in communities across the UK. Through the 100 x 100 programme, they will make 100 donations of £100,000 each, representing an initial investment of £10m from Barclays’ £100m Community Aid Package. Further details of the 100 x 100 programme, and an online application form, can be found on Barclays’ website. Applications can be made between 4 and 22 May and will be reviewed by an internal Barclays committee.  They expect to begin distributing funds in June, subject to completion of due diligence and additional internal governance requirements.
  • Homelessness Funds – Crisis have opened an emergency grants fund for organisations supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Grants will support organisations that are experiencing funding difficulties, additional expenditure or increased service demand due to coronavirus.
  • The Heritage Emergency Fund wants to safeguard heritage sites and organisations that the National Lottery Heritage Fund have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public. See the website for full details on eligibility and what is included in heritage at risk. 
  • SSE Resilient Communities Fund – The 2020 rounds is specifically for projects which support the community response to coronavirus. The past rounds of the fund were significantly oversubscribed and in this round priority will be given to eg innovative approaches to improving the resilience of vulnerable community members;  communities in Aberdeen are amongst the areas prioritised. 
  • Funding for Research, policy work and campaigning – Standard life Foundation is making funding available for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Work should address specific challenges and help to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes. work must aim to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour. Funding is specifically for research, policy work and campaigning activities. . Work should address specific challenges and help to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes. work must aim to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour.
  • Ryvoan Trust – Funds are available to charitable organisations supporting people in difficulties as a result of COVID 19 restrictions. 
  • Youth Scotland’s Action Fund  – established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the coronavirus. The purpose of this fund is to enable youth groups to purchase essential items that will enable them to continue working with young people throughout this period of social distancing and restrictions. Fund award sizes Maximum: £500   Awards must be spent within 6 weeks of receiving it.
  • Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new short-term fund to support organisational need in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand.  Fund award sizes Maximum: £500.
  • ACVO Bursary Scheme are open – Are you looking at how you can take your services online/by phone?  Are there other requirements you have to get your organisation through this crisis or to take a step forward? This small scheme funded by ACVO Affiliates may be able to help!
  • Funding searches: Do sign up for Funding Scotland as registration is needed to access all contact information.
  • Kaja wrote a blog post on what makes a successful application and what were the most common pitfalls in the last round – you can find it here.
  • Kaja will also be hosting a zoom session on the above as well as the criteria of the second round. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have or discuss your project prior to applying. Join us on Monday 18th May at 2pm – register here.   If you can’t make the session and would like to arrange a one-to-one chat please get in touch with Kaja.
  • Third Sector Resilience Fund–  additional resources  committed and second phase opened with refined focus prioritising those most at risk of immediate closure.  We’ve put together this briefing note for you to read.
  • Scottish Government funds to help businesses including in creative and tourism sectors. A £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people is now open. For more information click here.
  • SCARF has partnered with Home Energy Scotland to launch a new emergency hardship fund that aims to help the most vulnerable households across the North East access funds to help heat their homes in these difficult times
  • Connecting Scotland – A new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). More information here. 
  • Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRR). Most immediately, the Response element will provide emergency funding for organisations supporting people most in need.  In the medium and longer term, Recovery and Resilience will fund a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover, re-establish or re-design their activities once the outbreak eases in response to community needs at that point.  From the 20th of April 2020 only organisations with an income of less than £125,000 will be eligible to apply.  Funds for Scottish organisations are being distributed by Foundation Scotland through the ‘Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund’ (RRR).
  • New funding has been announced for charities that support people with autism. Two specialist organisations will receive additional funding to support 47,000 autistic people across Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish Government will commit £160,000 to allow the capacity of the Scottish Autism Helpline to be increased and the National Autistic Society will receive £45,000 to help people keep in touch online during lockdown.
  • Charities Aid Foundation Emergency Fund  paused but hoped to reopen.
  • Carers are set to receive a much needed emergency cash boostMore than 80,000 eligible carers in Scotland are set to receive an extra £230.10 as a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June.
    The Scottish Government said the payment is in recognition of the additional pressure that carers are under as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
  • Connecting ScotlandThe new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The Connecting Scotland programme will connect 9,000 more people who are considered at clinically high risk themselves so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic
  • £50 million for Social Care –  An initial £50 million to help the social care sector deal with the financial implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed. The funding will help address immediate challenges faced in the social care sector and support ongoing provision of social care. Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland have all put in place mobilisation plans to ensure the health and social care system is as well placed as possible to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Homelessness – St Martins in the Fields Charity continues to take applications to their Emergency Fund, details to apply are here. It is a flexible and fast fund which includes Scotland and offers vital support to people experiencing homelessness, via their frontline support worker, in the following areas:
    • £150 for Basic Essential Needs
    • £400 for Overcoming Barriers to Support
    • £1000 for Securing Accommodation
  • The Morrisons Foundation Covid-19 Homeless Support FundThe fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. It will cover three broad areas: outreach and support, delivery of services in hostels and shelters, and information and advice.
  • The ACVO Bursary Scheme remains open – It has considered a number of applications since the beginning of this crisis and has awarded to Cairns Counselling, Gathimba Edwards Foundation and Ditch Debt with Dignity.  This small scheme has limited funds remaining but is open to bids for £500 or less.  In the past, bursaries have been given for promotional materials, equipment and stock around this level.
  • Armed Forces Covenant Trust The Covid-19 Impact Programme – Charities must be working in one of nine key areas; Support to the elderly, Mental and physical health, Welfare, Domestic violence, Housing, Criminal Justice System, Service families, Bereavement, Employment will ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations must be able to show a strong history of work with people from Armed Forces communities.
  • Equine Charities

Messages from Funders

  • A range of funders have issued statements that outline the range of actions they are taking to support those they currently fund – the message is that their doors are open to assist grantees as much as possible. You can find a collated list of responses here.
    • While this advice is given to those funded by Volunteering Support Fund it is generally good advice for all to follow – Furloughing staff.  The team here at Impact Funding Partners are working hard to support organisations at this time in a number of ways, so it is important that we highlight the guidance surrounding the furlough scheme and what it means for your organisation when you’re in receipt of public sector funding. The furloughing scheme has not been designed in a way for organisations to ‘save funding’ and cannot be used in this way.  Guidance on the furlough scheme states that: “[w]here employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, we expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion – and correspondingly not furlough them”.
    • Impact Funding Partners Guidance:
      • Organisations should not furlough staff that are specifically associated with a current grant (however we appreciate that in some cases, due to health reasons, this might need to be considered. In this case please again refer to the guidance and contact your Development Officer directly).
      • The person ultimately responsible for your organisation’s finances should be confident that claiming for furlough through HMRC cannot be considered to be double claiming for costs paid for from other public sector funds
    • The guidance provided by us on Wednesday 1st April states that whilst current services and projects cannot operate as they normally would, there are still a lot of opportunities and options for staff employed through the Volunteering Support Fund to be continuing their work and we would encourage you to do so. This includes but is not limited to sorting your inbox, file structure, desktop. It could be working on a social media plan for your funded project, developing or updating policies and paperwork, collating case studies for future use to promote your services to the community and reporting to funders or putting a plan in place for when we all return back to our ‘normal’.
    • Impact Funding Partners are clear that the advice is NOT to furlough staff who are funded, or part funded through the Volunteering Support Fund.  If you have already furloughed staff that are funded, or part funded by the Volunteering Support Fund, please get in touch with your Development Officer.  During the time the organisation has had staff on the furlough scheme who are funded, or part funded by the Volunteering Support Fund the organisation has an obligation to advise Impact Funding Partners of the length of this furlough, which will then be deducted from the next grant payment in year three.  Please note, during the time staff have been furloughed, they cannot have been completing any work associated with their role, the organisation or the projects.  Many organisations have additional volunteer, staffing and overhead costs. Impact Funding Partners appreciate that these costs are likely to be continuing, particularly overhead costs. These costs can be reviewed on an ongoing basis as we continue. We advise you to contact your Development Officer if you wish to discuss any impacts on your budgets.  (SEE MORE ON FURLOUGHING BELOW)
  • We have captured some feedback from Corra re the Resillience Fund that we wanted to share with you in hope that it may help on any future applications to the fund.  You can read it here.
  • Almost £27.4m was donated during the BBC The Big Night In Appeal.  Read more about it here.
  • Barclays’ have launched the 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Fund. More information can be found here.
  • Robertson Trust The Trust has eased  some of the conditions attached to awards already made to award-recipients,  particularly in relation to how awards are used, and reporting back to us on them. As such, we notified all grant holders that as a result of the current crisis, we would not be asking them to return any unspent funds to us, for example, if a project or services can now no longer be delivered or had to be postponed. We also offered organisations whose award with us is coming to an end with  an unrestricted funding extension, equating to 50% of the final year’s instalment. Further information is available hereOur open awards are currently closed for applications as we prepare to launch our new strategy later this summer. 
  • As SCVO  says “Before applying for new funding, you might want to speak to your existing funders as many are flexing grants to support current projects by relaxing targets, timescales and restrictions on funds. If you are an existing grantee and are yet to hear from your funder, you should reach out to them. They will be understanding and will want to ensure you can continue to access help when needed.”  Many funders have issued statements about this and this can be found here.
  • The Bank of Scotland Foundation REACH fund is opening monthly to help speed up the grants to charities responding to COVID-19.  The eligibility criteria has also been broadened and charities with an income of £1.5m or less can now apply for funding between £5,000 – £30,000 over one year.  Deadline 12 noon Wed 20 May.
  • Baring Foundation Supporting legal action related to Covid-19. This fund will support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities. Next deadline: 28th May 2020    Deadlines are staggered throughout 2020. The first deadline is 12 noon on 28 May 2020. Future deadline are 11 August and 17 November.

Online Training & Peer Support

  • Spring Fling – Virtual coffee break for Community Fundraisers – an opportunity to catch-up with other Community Fundraisers, from the comfort of your own home!
  • Social Enterprise Academy is offering Peer Response Groups for contact, learning and support from social enterprises. This will be a series of four interactive webinars of 60mins each. Weekly Zoom meetings with around 12 participants.
  • Kaja also has a LinkedIn group available to join which can be accessed here.
  • Governance training– Any queries around training for your team or Committee around Governance and Development issues, contact our Development Officer, Sandy Mathers.
  • The Institute of Fundraising Scottish Community are hosting a SIG Zoom event on the 2nd June titled Conquer Community & Corporate Fundraising with special guest Andy King.  To find out more and to book your place, click here.

Support from the Business Community

(If you have any queries please get in touch with Alison Chandler).

  • Local Business Support – ACVO are quite regularly receiving enquiries from businesses operating locally asking how they can help.  We are not always able to share their contact details but please do let us know of what you need in responding to this crisis.  We will pass this information and your contact details on to the companies concerned.  Remember the golden rule – the more specific you are the more money you will raise, the more general you are the less successful you will be.  We have businesses looking for opportunities to donate money now, to rejig their policies for the future to help you in the longer term and to provide skilled volunteers or pro bono PR or grant-seeking help.
  • £1.5 k if you took part in last year’s Celebrate Aberdeen Parade: The funds come from the collecting buckets carried by volunteers during the parade. In the years since the parade started, thousands of pounds have been raised from the generosity of members of the public. For further information, or to apply, contact Katie Aldred-Dowat katie@celebrateaberdeen.org.
  • Celebrate Aberdeen 2020 is to move ahead with the planning of its events this year in the real hope that they will go ahead as scheduled. With the flagship event, the August weekend which incorporates the third sector parade, still five months away and the Celebrate Aberdeen Awards not taking place for six months, the decision was taken to continue with the organisation of both events. “We’re obviously very mindful of the current situation and of the fact that these events might not take place,” said Celebrate Aberdeen founder Morven Mackenzie. “However, both events, which are run entirely by volunteers, are many months in the planning so we have decided that we will continue to organise them as normal so that they can still continue if the situation allows. We will of course continue to monitor the situation very closely as things are changing on a daily basis.” Registration for the parade, which is scheduled to take place on August 31, remains open until the end of April. With 130 organisations already signed up, the Celebrate Aberdeen organisers are hoping to top last year’s total number of participating groups. The first parade took place in 2011.  Details on how to register for both the parade and the awards can be found on the Celebrate Aberdeen website.
  • ACVO Affiliates – the next ACVO Business to Business Bulletin will go out directly to ACVO Affiliates and wider through social media in mid May.  If you would like to include something to reach the private sector then please send a jpeg (photo and/or logo) and up to 200 words to us by 11th May.
  • ACVO Bursary Scheme open – Are you looking at how you can take your services online/by phone?  Are there other requirements you have to get your organisation through this crisis or to take a step forward? This small scheme funded by ACVO Affiliates may be able to help.
  •  Free remote phone services: CircleLoop pledges free remote phone service to all UK schools, charities and healthcare providers click here for more information.
  • Donations available:ACVO has been approached by a number of major corporates locally who want our help to find you – the local, perhaps smaller, organisations that their funds can help.  They are looking to make an impact on people in need in the current crisis.  Please contact Alison with details of what you are doing now, who you are doing it for and what resources you need – and be as specific as you can.  We will pass on this information to the potential donors.
  •  Setting up Onlineactivity: This, on how to set up an online activity, is one of many useful things on the Coop website.
  • Free Fundraising  support and more:  In addition to the ongoing  support available to you from the ACVO team, ACVO Affiliates Indigo say:
    • “During these unprecedented and challenging times Indigo is still working hard to support the voluntary and public sector.   Having reviewed the current needs of the sector we are offering a new service Flexible Funding Friend. This service provides short term support in fundraising, project development and project management. It includes developing/writing funding applications and tender responses, financial management support, developing innovative ways of delivering services and identifying how these services could be funded.
    • Our team brings over 20 years of experience in the voluntary/public sectors and have a proven track record of significantly improving and maintaining the levels of funding for organisations whilst offering excellent value for money. We are adaptable and can fill a short-term vacancy within your team. We are mindful that organisations are struggling financially therefore we are committed to providing free fundraising consultancy to charities in need. Initially we will offer free half hour consultations.”
    • To organise your free session email Stephanie@indigops.com and one of their consultants will contact you to arrange a call.  For some organisations they can extend this support beyond the initial consultation if needed.
  • Reduced cost confidence coaching: ACVO Affilliate Mindblox is a performance and Confidence coaching business that is 12 years old. Run by Tess Day, a qualified life coach with a sales, marketing and design background.  They work with individuals and people within companies to ensure they are ‘well’ and can deliver work of high performance. When brought in by an employer they are tasked with supporting individuals or teams with their professional mindset, managing their personal circumstances as well as their mental health.Mindbox use 1-2-1 coaching, group work and morning calls to deliver their service.  As of the 1st May 2020, Mindblox will be offering a new product into the marketplace. Personality profile programs working with a London based company who provide the Profile test which they then break down into a program to explore team cohesiveness, support where conflict is noticed, and more.There is an opportunity to book a time to receive a presentation to explain the product in more detail.  The ultimate aim for Mindblox to is reduce absenteeism, encourage staff retention and build individuals and teams who can deliver and ultimately see businesses achieve their intended goals and strategies.  Through an initial discovery call a proposal can be designed customised to the needs of the particular organisation.Charities and affiliates of ACVO with be given a 15% reduction when employing Mindblox services. (CODE: ACVO2020) All enquiries should go to tess@mindblox.co.uk www.mindblox.co.uk (See also Social Enterprise Academy below)
  • ACVO Affliates – The ACVO Affiliates scheme exists as a way of facilitating contact between business-like 3rd Sector Organisations and private sector businesses who want to work with us in the community.  Our normal programme of events for you is obviously on hold but we are doing our best to replace these online.  The April event would have featured Aberdeen Arts Centre, SHMU and the Volunteer Centre as 3rd Sector speakers.  We have turned the event into a Medium post which can be read here.If you would like to reach the Affiliates audience then please contribute up to 200 words and a jpeg by 11th May for the next ACVO Business to Business Bulletin.
  • Free Fundraising  support and more:  In addition to the ongoing  support available to you from the ACVO team, ACVO Affiliates Indigo say: •“During these unprecedented and challenging times Indigo is still working hard to support the voluntary and public sector.   Having reviewed the current needs of the sector we are offering a new service Flexible Funding Friend. This service provides short term support in fundraising, project development and project management. It includes developing/writing funding applications and tender responses, financial management support, developing innovative ways of delivering services and identifying how these services could be funded.
  • Short term funding friendDuring these unprecedented and challenging times Indigo is still working hard to support the voluntary and public sector.  Having reviewed the current needs of the sector we are offering a new service Flexible Funding Friend. This service provides short term support in fundraising, project development and project management. It includes:
    • Developing/writing funding applications and tender responses
    • financial management support
    • developing innovative ways of delivering services and identifying how these services could be funded.

    Our team brings over 20 years of experience in the voluntary/public sectors and have a proven track record of significantly improving and maintaining the levels of funding for organisations whilst offering excellent value for money. We are adaptable and can fill a short-term vacancy within your team.

    We are mindful that organisations are struggling financially therefore we are committed to providing free fundraising consultancy to charities in need. Initially we will offer free half hour consultations.

    To organise your free session email Stephanie@indigops.com and one of our consultants will contact you to arrange a call. For some organisation we can extend this support beyond the initial consultation if needed.

    For more information about our services contact us stephanie@indigops.com or visit www.indigops.com

Business Resilience

  • Social Enterprise Academy Free Coaching Sessions is offering two 60 minute individual coaching sessions for social enterprises (free or donation). Timing flexible to suit needs. Social Enterprise Academy Free Coaching Sessions.
  • Evaluation Support Scotland: Join ESS on 12th May 2pm – 3.30pm for a webinar to learn and share solutions to the evaluation challenges that you are facing at the moment. This practical webinar is specifically targeted to third sector organisations who are continuing to deliver during the Covid-19 pandemic and are facing change or challenges to their evaluation. It will be a peer learning session which gives you an opportunity to explore challenges with others experiencing similar issues and learn from each other. Your organisation may be:Providing your usual support to different client groups now – but don’t know how to evaluate thisDelivering your support in a different way – but don’t know how to adapt your methodsMeeting different needs in completely different ways – but don’t know what and how to evaluate thisResponding to change quickly – but don’t know how to capture what difference we’re making and any learningOr you may be facing a different challenge – let us know when you book your place and we can add this to our list. To get in touch with ESS, please email info@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk  or tweet us @EvalSupScot #IsolationEvaluation.
  • Partnership working between 3rd Sector Organisations is more important than ever during a crisis situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. It could be you have more limited resources, or you need to urgently meet a new or changing demand.  With that in mind, and to build on our existing expertise in this area, P4P today launches the Collaboration during a Crisis guide.  The aim of the guide is to complement the existing P4P resources on collaboration, describing the different or unique approaches which may be required in this unprecedented situation. Get in touch with us oninfo@p4p.org.uk  if you require urgent 1-2-1 support to develop a new partnership.
  • Social Enterprise Academy coaching During this time, you may find it helpful to take some space with an experienced coach and leader to consider the support you or your organisation needs and explore some ideas, options and solutions to help you move forward.
  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – this may be of interest to sessional workers and others who provide services to your organisation . You need to apply in your Local Authority area. You may only apply to this fund once. You will be asked to provide documentary evidence of your status and eligibility for the grant. Local authorities will then determine whether you meet the criteria, which has been set by the Scottish Government. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £2,000.Up to 10 working days from application to appraisal and funds being released for approved applications.If you receive the grant you can continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work.
  • Resetting social enterprise – This is  Social Enterprise Reset Week! SENSCOT will connect and engage with frontline community-based social enterprises and gather information related to common experiences and support and funding needs for a sustainable future. The conversation began in earnest on the 11th May – a series of conversations with community-based social enterprise to determine their support and funding requirements over the medium to longer-term. The week will include opportunities for social enterprises to contribute on a local and thematic basis via virtual SEN meetings. There will also be virtual focus groups where SEs can put forward challenges, issues and opportunities that they can discuss with their peers – there are already some key themes emerging around preparing for continued social distancing measures and reconfiguring spaces and services. More info at https://senscot.net/se-reset/.
  • There are opportunities for companies of all sizes to become suppliers to Scotland Excel and the wider public sector – previous restrictions and fees have been lifted. Lots of useful information, training and opportunity at  http://www.scotland-excel.org.uk/home/Aboutus/Ourmembers/Associate-members.aspx
  • Leading and Managing  through all this: Social Enterprise Academy  

    Our new reality is causing people leading organisations to ask themselves questions such as:

    How do I manage my organisation through this period of change?

    How do I lead my team remotely?

    How do I begin to rebuild my organisation’s income streams?

    The VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) model can help us characterise this experience for social enterprise leaders. To counteract volatility we need to always remember our values, uncertainty can be addressed by the inclusive approach of ‘us’, complexity requires care for self and others and ambiguous situations require adaptability.

Contract Opportunity

  • Future Contract Notice in relation to the Invitation to Tender for Aberdeen City Bike Hire Scheme by Aberdeen City Council.
  • Free membership of Scotland Excel (which develops and manages collaborative contracts on behalf of local authorities and associates)  on a temporary basis to support you during COVID-19. You will have access to our full portfolio of 74 contracts inc. PPE  food, waste and more. See our full portfolio here. Get in touch with our associates team to find out more about how we can support you and potentially save you money: email: colin.taylor@scotland-excel.org.uk – 07919 004664 email:iain.murray@scotland-excel.org.uk  – 07980 926424

Furlough

  • Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have provided useful guidance on the furlough scheme which directly links to charities and third sector organisations. This can be found here.
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have released guidance in a Q&A format.This can be accessed here.
  • There is also further guidance from the Scottish Government available here.
  • Furlough letter template from ACAS can be found here.

Fundraising

  • Replacement of London Marathon fundraising: Organisers of mass participation sports events across the UK have launched a new campaign to raise vital funds for charity during the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign, namedThe 2.6 Challenge, will launch on 26 April, the original date of the 40th edition London Marathon – the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019. Organisers are encouraging people to take on an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to Save the UK’s Charities. The challenge is open to anyone of any age, the only requirement is that the activity must follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
  • Vulnerable State of the Aberdeen economyPlease find this link to the latest State of the Economy report from the Centre for Cities. Of big concern is that it states that Aberdeen is the fourth most vulnerable city to the economic impact of COVID-19 in the UK and the most vulnerable in Scotland – both with respect to immediate time and in potential speed of any ‘recovery’.
  • Fundraising Volunteers – perhaps there is a way of enhancing your fundraising activity by getting involved with National Volunteers Week which is coming up? Volunteers Week – the national celebration of volunteering takes place from the 1st -8th June 2020. Like everything just now this year’s Volunteers Week will be very different.  Look out for an announcement on ACVOs plans for Volunteers Week 2020 but for now you can find more information and free resources and downloads to enable us to thank volunteers from the national volunteers week website https://www.volunteersweek.scot  and https://volunteersweek.org

    ACVO will also be sharing special Volunteers Week shout outs on the programme we have on the excellent SHMUfm community radio – please feel welcome to email any messages you wish to broadcast to Mike.Melvin@acvo.org.uk  – and will be delighted to include.  *For more details about volunteering in Aberdeen please visit: www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk / www.acvo.org.uk

  • #Nevermoreneeded -SCVO’s goal is to help create a voluntary sector that sits right at the top of the pyramid of needs – and just like most of us as individuals, we’ll keep working towards that goal even if we never achieve it in our lifetime.

    And that’s why we are backing the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign to tell this crucial part of the story of how Scotland dealt with and survived Covid-19.  We’ll be speaking to you about your experiences, the challenges you face and what you want society to look like as we come out the other end of this crisis. We’d also like you to use #NeverMoreNeeded to help tell your story in your own way too