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!

Every fortnight we publish our Funding & Resilience Bulletin.  Sign up here.

Read our Funding Tips A-Z here

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.

Funding Opportunities

  • Weir Charitable trustScottish-based community groups and charities directly supporting people in their communities through the current health pandemic, particularly over the Winter holiday period. The fund will close at 5pm on Friday 4 December 2020.Priority to one-off awards to support projects addressing loneliness and isolation; mental health support, food and fuel poverty, supporting people with additional support needs, young people and families facing financial uncertainty due to redundancy.. There is no minimum or maximum amount however they are looking to support as many groups as possible. To be considered for the award groups and charities must be in a position to use the funds immediately to provide direct support in their communities.  Maximum annual income: £125,000  Apply online.
  • Foundation Scotlandwill enter the ‘Resilience’ phase of its three-part emergency funding programme on 1 December. Charities and community groups operating in Scotland can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link. We will fund frontline organisations where more than half of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £5 million. We will not fund organisations who received funding in round one. Find out more.
  • Volant Charitable TrustSupporting Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based that alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk. Projects  must demonstrate a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.  Applying for funding – If your project fits with the Open Grants Registered charities, CICs, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by Covid. Deadline 31 Dec
  • The Ironmongers CompanyTo support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Grants are only given to registered charities.Projects must meet all of the following criteria:
  •  – 1 For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • – Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills– Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • – Are within the UKGrants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000.
  • Kickstart – The UK Government’s £2billion Kickstart scheme will provide funding for 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds who are out of work.Any organisation can apply for 100% funding to create these jobs, however if an employer is creating less than 30 jobs they need to apply through an intermediary representative.  SCVO is set up to act as an intermediary representative for Scottish voluntary sector employers and will also provide a wraparound support service for all Kickstart job placements.  If you or any organisations in your area would be interested in this support please visit our Kickstart pagehttps://scvo.org.uk/jobs/kickstart-scheme or email us at kickstart@scvo.org.uk
  •  Macmillan Community Grants are available for community groups and organisations to apply for small grants of up to £500 to work in their local community to support people with cancer. They are particularly interested in projects which related to Equality Diversity & Inclusion, and Covid-19. This could be an idea that helps people affected b cancer access cancer support, or help people re-gain their independence as we adapt to live during a global pandemic.  Fund award sizes – Maximum: £500 How to apply – Contact engagementscotland@macmillan.org.uk  and one of the team will contact you to have an initial discussion.
  • Alliance Scotland has announced that the Self Management Fund is now open for applications.  The Fund supports projects that increase the capacity of the people of Scotland to live with long erm conditions. https://sdsscotland.org.uk Open until 9.00 am on 18 January 2021.
  • Scottish Government’s ‘Support in the Right Direction’ programme was initially funded until March 2021, with funding partner Inspiring Scotland. The programme helps organisations who provide information, advice and advocacy to people accessing and managing their social care across Scotland. A 12-month extension  to the Support in the Right Direction programme will enable project staff to continue their vital work helping people and carers navigate their way through the social care system, make the most of the ‘self-directed support’ options available to them, and access the support and care they need in their community. The Support in the Right Direction programme is managed on behalf of Scottish Government by Inspiring Scotland who also administer other funds which may be of interest
  • Collaborative creative projects –  Boosted by £3.8m from Scottish Government, maximum doubled to £100k on 30 Sep 20. Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice. You may apply for funding to work with others if your practice is collaborative. No deadline.
  • Scottish Government has announced a £2 million recovery fund to support the sustainability of residential outdoor centres in Scotland.  The fund is open to third and private sector centres that routinely provided curricular relevant, residential outdoor learning opportunities for young people (aged 3-18) before March 2020, and that can demonstrate a negative financial impact as a result of a loss of residential activity since the emergence of the current pandemic.  The fund, administered by YouthLink Scotland, will have two separate rounds.  Round one will open for applications on the 23 November 2020 and close on 11 December 2020. Providers are invited to apply to round one for support with non-staff monthly running costs.  Full fund guidance for round one and link to the online application form will be available on the YouthLink Scotland website on 23 November 2020. (As this update goes to press a wee bit before that here is the link we have)https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/news/november-2020/covid-19-residential-outdoor-education-centre-support-fund/  Round two will open for applications on 11 January 2021 and close on 5 February 2021. Providers are invited to apply, in partnership with nurseries, schools or colleges, to round two in support of delivery of outdoor learning opportunities for young people. Full fund guidance for round two and link to the online application form will be available on the YouthLink Scotland website on 11 January 2021.
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Funds for working from home – Paths for All Grants of between £5000 and £50,000 will support projects that encourage people to walk or cycle short distances, or use buses and community car clubs for longer journeys.  And, for the first time, grants can be used by organisations to encourage and increase home-working to reduce the need for daily commutes. Supported by Transport Scotland, the Open Fund is now open to applications.
  • Independent Age GrantsSupports work that makes a real and immediate difference to older people living in complex and challenging situations and those in danger of being out of sight and out of mind during the current crisis. Round 3 will open in August.
  • Legal action in relation 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.
  • Comic Relief.  This call for proposals is different. It’s about looking to the future and making change. That your organisation makes change for individuals is taken as a given. The focus for this call is about creating change in the wider world, whether that’s locally or nationally. We’re looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, advocacy and campaigning work, or other change making efforts that are relevant to Comic Relief’s social change themes. We are inviting organisations to apply in one of two categories: Small and medium-sized organisations that focus on equalities and are user-led. Your organisation must have an annual income of at least £75,000. User-led organisations are considered to be those where the majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the community(ies) the organisation serves. Other medium-sized organisations based in the UK.  In this case your organisation needs to have a minimum annual income of £250,000. We will not accept applications from larger organisations with annual income greater than £10 million. 20% of the available funding is ring-fenced for efforts led by and working with BAME communities. We will be organising some pre-application information sessions in July and August, and details will be posted on our website.
  • The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support charities providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.  The Trust does not accept applications from individuals, faith-based charities, or from charities whose annual income exceeds £5 million. There are no specific dates for submitting applications. Appeals may be made at any time and will be considered by the Trustees as soon as possible.
  • Arts and culture sector received the news it has been waiting on this weekend. The Scottish Government revealed it will provide £10m to support performing arts venues. And this was backed with the UK Government announcing a £1.57bn support package to help protect the futures of UK theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues. Around £97m of this fund will be handed over to Scotland as devolved funding. Scotland’s arts community has welcomed the package intended to protect cultural venues from closure. The funds will be through Creative Scotland who will announce details shortly
  • Inspiring Scotland has revealed a new programme that aims to support and empower individuals and communities to develop cultural activities. One-to-one surgeries will be held throughout July. The Creative Communities programme will distribute up to £600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020-June 2021.In addition to investing in projects, the funder will provide a number of community organisations with development support to progress ideas to the point where they can be more fully funded over the course of a second year. You can find out more and request an application form here.
  •  New funding is available for the Scottish arts sector as The William Syson Foundation has received its full £13m endowment. The foundation has also brought forward its opening date from September to July in recognition of the exceptional difficulties arts bodies are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Non-profit organisations are invited to apply to the group for help with running costs and capital funding. Individuals can apply for support with fees for short courses and teaching aids for arts projects in schools and the community. The total amount of grant funding available each year is expected to be in the region of £300,000.
  • A national maritime charity has launched a £1M fund to provide financial support to UK merchant seafarers and fishers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The fund by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has launched to coincide with Seafarers Awareness Week (6-12 July) and will provide support to working age seafarers facing the economic impact of the pandemic.  The new fund signifies a temporary change in spending priorities to reflect the disastrous financial impact on working mariners and represents the biggest uplift in Society spending since WWII.  For further information visit the Society’s website or contact the charity’s Grants Team by emailing grants@shipwreckedmariners.org.uk or calling 01243 787761.
  • The Replacement of European Structural Funds in Scotland post EU-Exit Consultation Report pulls together the findings from a range of engagement exercises held across Scotland, involving citizens, businesses and communities.  It offers interesting insights into the needs and wishes of many sections of Scottish society regarding the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). It will help guide the Scottish Government’s approach to proposals for this fund when they are brought forward by the UK Government.  Some of the key findings were that the proposed replacement funding should:
    • Maintain the core principles, aims and objectives similar to previous ESIF programmes but include wider social objectives
    • Recognise the differences in Scotland’s economy, to the UK’s and regional disparities within Scotland
    • Be less bureaucratic
    • Take into account the various Post Covid-19 support schemes emerging
  • Firstport’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF) now has 3 funds open
    • Pounds for Purpose – £500 awards if you are aged 16-26 and want to put an idea that creates a positive impact into action.
    • Start It – Up to £5000 towards the start-up costs of your social enterprise idea.
    • Build It- Up to £25,000 if you have tried and tested a social enterprise idea and want to turn it into your full-time job.
  • 7 Stars Foundation – Unrestricted funding for UK charities, at risk young people across the themes of abuse; addiction; homelessness and those who are supporting our young child carers. Grants up to £2,500 for charities with a turnover of under £1.5m. Opens in July.
  • All Churches – Hope Beyond – Churches and Christian charities. Up to £50,000 for projects tackling issues of loneliness and isolation, growing community resilience, promotion of mental health, or developing technological capabilities/online support. Funding may include capital costs and salaries’.  Through our Hope Beyond grants, we aim to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope. You can apply for a grant under the programme here.
  • Matching Stormzy! – Will match the £10m donation pledge over 10 years made by Stormzy to help tackle racial inequality in the UK. It will create a new funding programme “to support young Black talent to achieve their full potential. BBC Children in Need will match the £10m donation pledge over 10 years made by Stormzy to help tackle racial inequality in the UK. In partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra the charity will create a new funding programme “to support young Black talent to achieve their full potential”. The fund will develop a plan of action that will support individuals, organisations and groups in all areas of the UK and fund a range of activities that will enhance young Black lives.
  • Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants now open for 2020. Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now accepting applications for 2020. We will support local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out essential environmental work that benefits communities across Scotland.  Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for our £250 awards to help make a difference outdoors through planting and habitat building projects. We are especially keen to hear from projects taking place in deprived areas where there are fewer local amenities. We also have a very limited number of £500 grants for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions and disabilities (outlined on our website). We recommend projects start small, planning events by breaking activities into smaller manageable groups and tasks and where possible spreading activities over a longer timescale. This will aid with distancing measures and tool-sharing practicalities. To help further, we are extending the campaign to February 2021, which will assist groups who are looking to carry out later activities such as winter tree planting. Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). For more information and to APPLY for an Action Earth grant, please follow this link. If you have any questions please contact: robert.henderson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk
  • Thousands of good causes are to benefit after the Health Lottery announced it will increase its funding levels by over 25%. The increase comes in response to the financial damage caused to the charity sector by coronavirus, with the additional funding set to provide a lifeline for many grassroots services dealing with the impacts of Covid-19 in their communities. More information here.
  • Up to £900,000 is being made available to help increase the use of the sustainable method of transport.  The Scottish Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes across Scotland. Local authorities, public sector agencies, community groups and further and higher education institutions can now apply for money to adopt e-bikes, adaptive bikes and e-cargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys. For the first time, the eBike Grant Fund delivered by Energy Saving Trust will also launch a Business e-cargo project to offer businesses the chance of a free trial of an e-cargo bike for a 12-month period. This will allow Transport Scotland and Energy Saving Trust to gather new data on the real potential for e-cargo bikes to address business needs.
  • £2m Credit Union Resilience Fund to support credit unions with their working capital and liquidity. More information here.
  • One of ACVO’s many sources of information is the easy to use Charity Excellence Framework (CEF) online health-check, COVID19 funder database and huge resource base, give you everything you need to respond to the crisis, in one place.  It works for any charity, requires no expertise to use and everything is completely free.
  • Working with children under 3 years old?  Cattanach is a private charitable funder for early years work in Scotland. We welcome proposals for work that supports children and their families from pre-birth to three years old, who are affected by levels of relative deprivation.  We believe in working with the strengths that families and communities have to support their children (some call this an “asset-based model”) and we want to see this reflected in the work we fund. To honour this commitment, we require all proposals to involve both children and their carers, whether parents, adopted or foster parents, or kinship carers.
  • The National Emergencies Trust has set up a Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. Funds are being sought from members of the public, corporate donors, charitable trusts, community fundraising, and existing and new government funding programmes. Funds for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation ScotlandŽ through the ‘Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund’ (RRR). The fund is now focussing on Recovery and will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most. Applications for the Recovery phase opened on Monday 3rd August 2020.
  • The #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund is now open to community groups and charities working in Scotland. Groups can apply for grants up to £10,000. The purpose of the fund is to support grassroots organisations that are providing help and assistance to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, including coping with the impacts of Coronavirus. Participation and lived experience is central to shifting power. The fund is a rolling programme and is part of #ShiftThePower Comic Relief Scotland programme. Funding has come from money raised by Comic Relief, as well as match funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. To find out more click here or contact the team on: shiftthepower@corra.scot. Charities and groups applying to the fund will explain how local people and those with lived experience have been involved in project design and delivery, and how the activities align with one of the four strategic themes:
    • Children Survive and Thrive– early years development for children facing disadvantage.
    • Gender Justice – contributing to gender equality by reducing violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality.
    • A Safe Place to Be – supporting people who have experienced homelessness or have been forced from their homes to live safely.
    • Mental Health Matters – improving mental health provision and tackling stigma around mental health.
  • Charles Hayward Foundation –  have a small and mains grant programme for projects focusing on: Heritage and Conservation; Social and Criminal Justice; Overseas (main); and Social and Criminal Justice; Older People (small).  Rolling programme.
  • BAME Infrastructure Fund – The focus of this fund is to support BAME infrastructure by helping BAME organisations and groups access National Emergencies Trust (NET) via the UKCF network of Community Foundations. Applicants must raise awareness of the NET fund amongst BAME-led groups and organisations, support them through the application process, and support them with monitoring and reporting. Fund award sizes. Minimum: £5,000  Maximum: £20,000  Annually awarded: £250,000  Notes on award amounts: Grants are available for a maximum of three months.  Who can apply:  BAME-led infrastructure organisations who can help other BAME-led organisations apply for National Emergencies Trust grants through Foundation Scotland. More information on this fund here or contact b.a.m.e.support@ukcommunityfoundations.org.
  • Next Step Initiative (NSI) in its partnership with Comic Relief to provide financial support and improved vital capacity to Black Minority Ethnic community groups across Scotland. This funding aims to ensure that vulnerable and marginalised communities are provided with the required support, which will not only alleviate the challenges of the current pandemic but will make a lasting difference to people’s lives post Covid-19. Fund award sizes Maximum: £15,000  Notes on award amounts: Funding can be used across a period up to 9 months but must be fully spent by May 2021.  Who can apply –  African, Caribbean & Ethnic Minority registered charities, voluntary and community organisations across Scotland. At least 60% of the management committee should be from African, Caribbean & Ethnic Minority communities.  Next deadline: 17th Oct 2020.  Apply as soon as possible. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until 12 noon on the 17th of October 2020. More information on this fund or contact  info@nextstepinitiative.org.uk.
  • Firstport – re-opening of the Social Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF). SEF is a Scottish Govt-funded programme that supports individuals in Scotland to test, start, and grow social enterprise ideas. It runs five different funds – but three are now ‘open for business’ – Pounds for Purpose (PfP) for 16-26-year-olds; their flagship Start It programme; and Build It for those up and running for circa 2 years. To apply or to find out more, click here.
  • The Victoria League in Scotland (VLS) has a long history in extending the hand of friendship to overseas students, studying in Scotland. As a result of Covid-19 pandemic, priority at this time will be given to activities that overcome isolation.  No grants to individual students or other individual visitors. Next deadline: 30th Sep 2020  Grants of up to £5,000 are available. The deadline is 30 September 2020 (for decisions October). More information on this fund.
  • The Scottish Government has announced £4 million of funding to support independent museums and galleries who have seen their finances plummet during lockdown. The Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund, which will be used to bring staff out of furlough and support the reopening of venues, will be administered by national body Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS). All independent museums are eligible to apply for financial aid, and MGS says it hopes to launch the fund “as soon as possible”.
  • Organisations that support people with choices over their social care have received a funding boostFunding for 31 3rd sector projects in social care has been extended to March 2022 with the announcement of an additional £2.9 million of Scottish Government backing. The Support in the Right Direction programme was initially funded until March 2021 and is provided by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Inspiring Scotland. The programme helps organisations who provide information, advice and advocacy to people accessing and managing their social care across Scotland.
  • Search the Foundation Scotland map for funds in your area: Using the map you can search for funds that are currently available in your area and find details about how to apply, alternatively explore Scotland wide funds in the table below the map.
  • Budge Foundation – Organisations who operate in Aberdeen and the surrounding area whose work focuses in the areas of health and education. 
  • Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has announced details of the £4 million Recovery and Resilience fund, which has been made available by the Scottish Government. The fund will open to applications on Monday (17 August).  This fund will support accredited and non-accredited independent museums in Scotland that have been put at risk by the Covid-19 pandemic. It can help organisations that are struggling to cover costs between now and 31 March 2021, but it is also there to support organisations to plan and implement measures that will make them more financially sustainable beyond next spring.
  • BT is helping small businesses fund the cost of an ultrafast business connection (known as an Ethernet line), by subsidising the total cost by up to £2,500 per customer.
  • Chances for Children grants – improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education. To be tailored to meet current and changing needs; individuals, not organisations.
  • Adapt and Change is going to be the new mantra folks! The Third Sector Community and Recovery Programme will open for applications later in September. Please remember that, for that necessary adaption and change, you can tap into wide-ranging locally informed support – with routes to/from the Community Planning and Health &  Social Care Partnership  tables within the ACVO team.
  • As part of the TSCR programme tailored, specialist advice and financial support (grants and loans) will be available. The aim is to help organisations to adapt and change so they can re-open and operate sustainably post-COVID whilst continuing to have a positive impact on people and communities. This is being delivered by Firstport, Corra Foundation, SCVO, Just Enterprise, Community Enterprise, and Social Investment Scotland. Further information about this part of the programme will be available from this website later in September. If organisations are interested in receiving updates on this aspect of the programme including when it opens, eligibility and criteria, you can do so by signing up for the Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin.
  • Phase 2 – ‘Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund’. Focused on ‘recovery’ to support organisations in the ‘new normal’, or to adapt existing activities; £1,000 to £5,000 for charities and constituted community groups in Scotland with income of less than £250,000. Grants £1k to £5k. No deadline, but limited funds. Find out more here.
  • NHS Grampian Endowment Fund – COVID-19 Support Fund – Grant Programme – Thursday 10 September Grants Programme launched.  Closing Date: Friday 9 October for NHSGEF COVID-19 Support Fund applications. NHS Grampian Endowment Fund received donations from organisations, companies and individuals during the initial phase of the pandemic. The use of the larger donations was agreed with donors and donations also supported a number of projects for the benefit of staff.  Donations were also received from Stage 1 funding of NHS Charities Together’s grants programme and these have mainly been used to support the Staff Haven project. There are now two streams of funding for which we will be inviting proposals:
  1. NHSGEF COVID-19 Support Fund | £100,000
  2. NHS Charities Together Stage 2 £222,766 (based on population) NHS Charities Together |Stage 3 £319,000 (based on staff numbers)
  • NHSGEF COVID-19 Support Fund

The desired outcomes of grant funding are:

  1. Staff have increased resilience to live with the personal and professional challenges of COVID-19
  2. Staff, patients and volunteers feel cared for while carrying out their roles in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. People in Grampian affected by COVID-19 have improved access to interventions which improve self-management and support good physical and mental health.
  4. We have a better understanding of the long-term impacts of Covid-19 and what we can do in response


  • NHS Charities Together
  • Stage 2 – Strategic integrated community and social care pathway Grants – Grants to NHS charities to support their health and care partnerships so that NHS patients can leave hospital more quickly and safely, stay or remain out of hospital. These could include voluntary, care, hospice or other partners. Supporting the integrated care partnerships in this way significantly reduces stress on the NHS and provides the wrap around provision for patients which is vitally needed. NHS charities are encouraged to help sustain, develop or establish these partnerships or new ways of working (where they have not done so already) in order to fund collaborative projects.
  • Stage 3 – COVID-19 Recovery and Post pandemic grants – Grants to NHS charities on supporting the mental health and recovery of NHS staff, volunteers and families. This will be in the form of grants that provide respite, rehabilitation and mental health recovery of NHS staff, volunteers.
  • Young Start – As more and more youth services reopen across Scotland; we are interested in hearing from great youth-led projects that could benefit from our Young Start funding. Grants of up to £100k can be used for any work that is designed and led by young people aged 8-24, and that will improve their wellbeing, help them become better connected or more enterprising. Over the past six months we’ve received fewer applications than we expected, so are happy to hear from any new projects that may be interested in funding. Find out more here.
  • Catalysts for Change funding – support through the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland. The fund offers grants up to £5k for projects led by community nurses that will work with the local community to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised groups. The next round opens on the 21st of September, and we’d be very grateful if you could share this information with any relevant people or networks in your area. More info here.
  • Supporting people with cancer – Macmillian Community Support grants. Community groups and organisations, up to £500 to work in their local community to support people with cancer. Particularly projects which related to Equality Diversity & Inclusion, and Covid-19. Find out more here.
  • Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme. The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support registered charities, especially those working at grass roots and local community level across a wide range of activities. The priority will be to support local charities active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support.
  • Bank  of Scotland Foundation have broadened the eligibility criteria of its Reach programme – address disadvantage or social exclusion. Scottish charities, annual income of £1.5m or less. Grants £5,000 to £30,000. Next round closing date 8 Oct. 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, more here.
  • Have you ever thought about how you could work with a creative organisation?  Perhaps there is a local  theatre or other arts company that you could team up with to do adapt and change – and find, for both parties, new ways of generating funds?  Perhaps you are such an organisation and looking to strengthen your case for funding beyond the quality of your work to tick other funder’s boxes? ACVO will be happy to help you explore across boundaries.  In the meantime, Sustaining Creative Development – £50k to enable organisations to explore ways of working to adapt and to the current changing circumstances.
  • The Social Entrepreneurs Fund is back! This is great news if you are thinking about or already in the process of starting a social enterprise in Scotland. SEF has different funds depending on the stage you are at and how developed (or not) your idea is.
  • Volant Charitable Trust – strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted. Focus on Scotland. 
  •  Are a majority of your governing body (greater than 51%) or management committee made up of Disabled people and you have a constitution (you do not need to be a registered charity)? (i.e. all groups of people with impairments including: people with learning difficulties, people who experience mental distress, people with a visual impairment, Deaf people, people who are neuro diverse, people with long term health conditions and people with physical impairments)  If so then this fund may be for you – The National Emergency Trust (NET) has today announced £1.5million of funding to support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding, to respond to the Covid-19 needs of Disabled people.   The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. The DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local Disabled people. We are looking to fund Covid-19 related work in the following broad three areas:
    • Independent living: covering any Covid-19 related issues affecting Disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: Covid-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield
    • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks
    • Income: covering work to support Disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues
  • Fore RAFT Transition Fund 2 opens on 21st September, offering unrestricted grants of up to £15K to any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500K in the last financial year.   It is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past. To apply, organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round (done via this link when the funding round opens). The number of registrations accepted for each round is capped and registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early.
  • Comic Relief – Themes are :- Children Survive & Thrive; Gender Justice; Safe Place to Be – Homelessness; Safe Place to Be – Migration; and Global Mental Health.  Funding of £150K – £600K available for 3-5 years.  Deadline extended to noon, 25th September. They are looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector – for example, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, or advocacy and campaigning work. We are looking for change making efforts that are relevant to our social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. More info here.
  • Phase 2 of the Connecting Scotland programme launched. Around 23,000 low income households without proper internet access will be helped to get online with the assistance of £15 million of Scottish Government funding. Households will get a device, twelve months unlimited data as well as technical support to get online safely and securely.
  • A £100m fund supported by a group of insurance and long-term savings companies has launched today to help people and communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The Covid-19 Support Fund aims to raise £100m in total, with £82.5m already pledged by 29 personal finance companies. The fund has been launched in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and has made an initial £20m donation to the National Emergencies Trust (NET).  Charities will not be able to apply for funding directly, but money will be distributed through umbrella bodies. – See more here.
  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust: People aged 60 and over
    • The fund will support projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic that address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over.
    • Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities.
  • Baring Foundation – Supporting legal action related to Covid-19
The deadline date for this fund has been moved forward to 12 noon on Thursday 22 October 2020.
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.
  • Fundraising Everywhere Foundation – new grants!
    • The Fundraising Everywhere Foundation’s aim is simple – to help charities to be the best they can be.
    • In pursuit of this aim they are happy to fund charitable organisations working anywhere in the world, and in any field. We are also happy to fund any costs that enable you to do what you do best – project costs, capital costs or core costs. The maximum grant for this funding round is currently €1,500.
    • The deadline for applications is 5pm (GMT) on 30th September. However, in the event that we receive a large number of applications before this point they may have to close the application process earlier. For more information click here.
  • List of funding for churches can be found here.

Messages from Funders

  • Austin Hope Pilkington Trust – Older people, Disability, Homeless, Refugees, Asylym Seekers, BAME – Have reviewed our criteria for the next round of grants, to spread funds as widely as possible. UK registered charities, with income of £1,000,000 and over. Grants will now be for £1,000, not £5,000. The eligibility criteria remain the same. Disability, refugees/asylmun seekers, the homeless and older people. We focus on different priorities every year.  Our priorities will become more focussed from 2021 onwards. However, because of the devastating effect Covid 19 is having on many communities and the challenges that so many charities are facing, we are currently reviewing our policies to ensure that we target our grants in the most effective way possible.  We are also reviewing our policies in light of Black Lives Matter.  We are still committed to funding projects supporting the Homeless and Refugees and Asylum Seekers in 2021, but expect to support additional priorities. Please continue to check our website as we will keep our information here as up-to-date as possible.
  • Connecting Scotland – Phase 2 Round 2 application process is open.  There is an extension of phase 2 round 1 for organisations working with digitally excluded families and young care leavers visit
  • This from SENScot – The Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust (SCRT) was established provide a finance vehicle whereby the sector in Scotland – using its pooled reserves – could invest in its own longer-term development. In addition, it was intended to provide an educational role – offering independent and objective advice to the sector on financial and investment matters. For a variety of reasons, this model did not pan out as anticipated and Trustees of SCRT recently informed members of its decision to wind up the organisation by March 2021. However, from the original SCRT model, Scottish Communities Finance Ltd (SCF Ltd) has emerged – which seeks to meet the sector’s need for affordable, patient, micro investment via the issuing of Community Bonds – with a focus more on the needs of individual communities. Updates to follow.
  • 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.
  • Barclays’ have launched the 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Fund. More information can be found here.
  • 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.
  • Tudor Trust update in relation to COVID19 – are still open for applications. We know we are facing uncertain times, and trustees are working through how to make grant decisions based on an unknown future. What we are able to provide is flexible medium- and long-term funding. We know you can’t ‘plan’ in any level of detail at the moment, so what we’re looking for is a sense of your direction of travel, an understanding of what you do and your ability to learn, respond and adapt.  We trust that you and your trustees will have the interests of the people you work with at the heart of your decision making, and that you will deliver to the best of your ability. Any financial information that we ask for during the second stage of our application process will purely be to get a sense of where you are, what the challenges ahead may be, and how we can help. We won’t ask for in depth forecasting for an unlimited number of unknown scenarios.
  • Supporting Communities – This link shows an updated map displaying the organisations funded.  As of 29th May,  over £13m has been distributed to around 320 community organisations.  Scottish Government colleagues are keen to work with local authorities and community organisations to identify gaps in funding, geographic or thematic, and discuss the most effective routes to reach communities. If you wish to discuss the Supporting Communities Fund further please contact David Cowan David.Cowan@gov.scot
  • Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund – Over £2.5m has been distributed to 630 organisations.  Information on who has received funding can be found here.
  • If you are in difficulty and have not talked to your existing funders, whoever they might be, then please do so now.  The following from a range of funders is likely to apply to other funders too. (Note too that the link signposts you to a long list of funders some of whom may  be relevant to you for new applications).  We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met. If your community, services or organisation are affected by the covid-19 outbreak, and you receive grant* funding from us, we are committed to:
    • Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
    • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible;
    • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
    • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.
    • We also recognise that there may be further shocks to the system caused by COVID-19 that may impact on your other income streams or require a more urgent response from funders. Where we have any news on emergency funding, we commit to publishing this through links on this web page, so you can see all available programmes in one place.
  • At Inspiring Scotland we are committed to doing all we can to support the sector through this time of unprecedented challenge. To help ensure the Third Sector’s continued resilience, we have launched our new free ‘Supporting Our Sector’ service in response. Through this service, Scottish charities can book one-to-one remote sessions and receive tailored support with members of the Inspiring Scotland team free of charge. Our focus is on helping charities navigate through the array of support, funding and services that are currently available to them. We will listen to individual organisations’ needs, and where possible offer quick answers and signpost to solutions. Supporting Our Sector’ service for Scottish charities – one-to-one remote sessions and receive tailored support free of charge to help navigate through the array of support, funding and services that are currently available to them.
  • Govt recently announced how the £100m employment support and training funding will be used:
    • invest £50 m to support youth employment including a new Scottish Youth Guarantee
    • bring forward proposals to implement a new retraining offer focused on helping those in sectors of our economy at greatest risk of unemployment
    • maximise resources for those facing redundancy through Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)
    • the extension of the current Fair Start Scotland service for a further two years, to 31 March 2023.  More information here.
  • New rules raising the annual sales limit for charity lotteries to £50 million come into force. The reforms come after legislation passed in March set the new limit, up from the previous maximum of £10m which had been in place since 2005. Charities and parliamentarians welcomed the change, which will allow lotteries to drastically increase the amount they raise for good causes. In the case of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the annual funding available for small charities will more than double, from around £9m to £20m. Find out more here.
  • ACVO keeps in regular contact with a number of major funders on your behalf.  From discussions with The National Lottery Communities Fund we hear that TNLCF is trying to ‘get back to normal’ with their funding streams. They are encouraging organisations to apply as there is money available in all pots. They are moving away from purely COVID19 type activity. Related budgets can be included i.e. PPE, sanitiser etc but the funder is looking for it not to be emergency response but moving beyond it. TNLCF will be releasing new programmes next year. Young Start awards – They would welcome any smaller organisations/groups that are looking for investment from this fund to. The fund is up to 100k but it can also be a small investment should small groups need it i.e. 3k over 3 years would also be welcome.
  • Big Society Capital – Three weeks ago, we set out our priorities to help support organisations through this and want to keep you updated: Sharing Information – Our social investor and social enterprise COVID-19 hubs are receiving significant traffic and are updated regularly. The Good Finance funding page now has over 50+ crisis grant programs listed for over £500 million. While each has specific requirements and details of others are still emerging, there may be useful grants there for your organisation and there is lots of other useful information too.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund has announced it is working alongside five expert partnerships to ensure almost £45million (£44.85million) of National Lottery funding reaches communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19:
    • Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund
    • COVID-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme
    • Community Justice Fund
    • The COVID-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund Partnership
    • The Barrow Cadbury Trust Covid-19 Support Fund for small and medium organisation
    • Find out more about all of these here.
  • Maanch – This unique Response Fund will focus on vulnerable and hard to reach local and global projects. We recognise that small and remote charities doing very credible and necessary work find it hard to access emergency funding. We also recognise that we need to support not just the needs of now, but also prepare for a more resilient future. Our objective is to support organisations to do the urgent and necessary work and save them the trouble, time and cost to fundraise and report back on impact.
    • From October 1, 2020 the maximum available Improving Lives grant will be £200K over one to three years. It will be a single stage application.
    • We will only accept applications for more than £200k or more than 3 years until noon on Wed 30 September.
    • We are reaching out to organisations we think will be affected by this change, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help support someone you are working with
    • Before the end of 2020 we intend to adapt the priorities for Improving Lives to make it more relevant to the current situation. These priorities are in development, but we plan for these to expand the types of work we can currently fund rather than replace them.The ACVO Bursary Scheme is now closed.  This scheme is funded through ACVO Affiliates fees and will not be renewed until Spring 2021.  In the last 8 months we have supported Grampian Women’s Aid, Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association, The Gathimba Edwards Foundation, Ditch Debt with Dignity and Absafe. We are grateful to all the ACVO Affiliates.Scottish Government –  As we move from the immediate response to recovery, we will now refocus part of the Communities Fund into a £25 million Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme. This will include business support and investment to help organisations adapt their operations and income generation to increase sustainability. This funding will support our 3rd Sector to continue to support people and communities in responding to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.  We will begin work to explore other strands of social investment including capital loans to support the sector to work together and co‑locate as the demand for office space declines, whilst leaving organisations with an asset in future years to enhance sustainability, and ensuring that this benefits all areas, particularly those hardest hit by the crisis. ACVO’s eye spots this message on “co-location” as something that some 3rd Sector Organisations may need to look at carefully, developing your messages around why you and partner organisations need separate office space and/or looking at alternatives including loans, using your assets to enhance sustainability etc. Our team will be happy to help you consider this subject. We will also build upon our existing and extensive work to support social enterprises and Credit Unions which provide vital financial services for some of our most deprived communities. We will launch the next Social Enterprise Action Plan, by the autumn.  ACVO will continue to work with local and national social enterprise organisations including Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network, and with Aberdeen City Council, towards the development of an Aberdeen Third Sector/Social Enterprise Strategy for the City.The National Lottery Communities Fund – Like many funders our plans for 2020 have changed significantly as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year at the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland they were due to pause and redevelop our funding offer as it reached the end of its five-year cycle.  They want to let you know today that they have changed these plans, as we think it is important to ensure 3rd Sector Organisations can access our significant National Lottery funds to support them respond to and recover from the impact of the pandemic. Current funding programmes will remain open for an extra 18-24 months – however, they will adapt them as needed. They hope remaining open for applications means we can better support the sector through COVID-19. Some of our grants and funding will remain unchanged, and others will be adapted to be more focused on COVID-19 recovery, with shorter grants and quicker turnaround.Headlines:
      • National Lottery Awards for Alland Young Start funds will remain open and unchanged
      • Improving Lives grants remain open, but will be shorter, quicker to access, and will fund a wider range of work focused on recovery from COVID-19.
      • From October 1st 2020 the maximum Improving Lives grant will be £200k for up to three years.
      • Community-Led Activity grants remain open. We’re reviewing these now to make sure they are relevant to the current situation and will make any changes before the end of 2020.
      • They are still prioritising COVID-19 responses across all our funds – but they remain open to non-COVID-19 related work too.
      • While we will make some further changes to priorities for both Improving Lives and Community-Led Activity before the end of 2020, there will be no other large-scale changes to our main grants until at least 2022.
  • Towards a sustainable future, it is well worthwhile not ignoring recent past funding activity – don’t flick pass what closed funds are saying about what they have achieved. That is what they – and other funders – will want to be able to say in the future! Don’t leave it until you are filling in the application form to have policies in place, processes embedded, partnerships in place as per.  Why not keep in touch with funds currently closed to be ahead of the game in finding when they will re-open? More info here.

Online Training & Peer Support

  • 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.
  • National Emergencies Trust prepares for new round – Giles Ruck, chief executive of Foundation Scotland, said: “At Foundation Scotland, we quickly realised the real and urgent need that groups and charities were about to experience as Covid approached.  “Fortunately, through our partnership with NET we were quickly able to set up the first emergency support fund in Scotland. We understood that we needed to distribute funds swiftly and established a fast 72-hour turnaround which has been a lifeline for these organisations. Since launching the emergency Foundation Scotland Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund in March we have distributed over £3 million in total to over 750 important projects across the country. We are now very busy preparing to launch a second phase of funding to help Scottish communities adapt their services as lockdown measures are eased.”  Read more here.
  • As we begin to understand our new reality, we’re all facing similar questions – how can organisations change, how can we lead in a virtual world, and where will the money come from? Many are looking to start new social businesses. All of us need time and space to reflect, think and plan. Social Enterprise Academy learning is now online, but still interactive, peer to peer, and transformational. Join us:
  • Social Enterprise Academy has developed a series of bespoke online programmes (zoom & learning platform), designed to address the specific challenges we’re all facing as leaders at present:
        • Leading Remotely 
        • Managing Change 
        • Rebuilding Income Streams 
        • These are available through Just Enterprise, fully funded. We’ve delivered a number of these in Scotland, as well as Wales, South Africa and elsewhere. They have been very well received. There is also scope to offer these for specific sectors or organisations in the City. The cost would be £1,500 per programme for a cohort of up to 16 participants.
        • We can also provide Coaching Support to social enterprise leaders, 2 x 60-minute sessions with a qualified coach who is also a social enterprise leader. This is also fully funded through Just Enterprise.
        • Learning Spotlight is a twice weekly emailed learning resource, which can be forwarded to remotely located team members, directors or volunteers currently ‘out of the organisation. The ‘talking points’ are articles, videos and audio clips addressing challenges in leadership, resilience and well-being, which are pertinent to our current reality. Again, no cost, an au gratis offer from SEA to support our community at this time. Sign up for these here.
        • This Autumn / Winter we will be facilitating a series of programmes aimed at the CLD sector, to take a place-based approach to visioning and remaking communities. In the Autumn we will feature a series of visioning workshops, in which we challenge CLD practitioners (in the broadest possible sense), community leaders and activists, to think about the sort of community / society they want to live in. After Christmas the focus will be on leadership and action planning to bring about radical change to communities, in line with this vision. This is probably the most ambitious challenge in facilitation we’ve ever taken on in Scotland, but it’s clear the times demand this.
  • Trust Fundraising Virtual SummitOn 4th December 2020 Apollo Fundraising and Fundraising Everywhere are bringing you the first international conference dedicated to Trust Fundraising.Featuring sessions from trust fundraisers and funders from around the world, our aim is to give you the skills, inspiration and confidence to be bold in the way we respond to the current challenges. Find out more here.Are you a venue or provider of sports or similar?  Several months in after the Covid-19 outbreak there is still considerable uncertainty as to how providers and places for community sport and physical activity will operate, adapt and progress in the future. A free webinar with inspiration and ideas from leading experts and practitioners on what options and opportunities we have to develop and invigorate our community sports providers and places 10 am  Thursday 17th September.Are you working in any of the following?  Health; Community Food; Culture; Sport; Employability; Tourism? If so then there is peer support available to you from across Scotland with others in your field.  Perhaps the answer to “How do we….” has already been worked out for you!  Why not tap in and avoid reinventing the wheel or getting stuck when your organisation  doesn’t believe your idea will work!During this time of continued uncertainty and change, taking time to reflect on your learning, your challenges, and to clarify your aspirations for your team and organisation can be hugely beneficial.These sessions offer you the opportunity to work on a 1-2-1 basis in a confidential space with an experienced coach and leader to consider the support you or your organisation needs and to explore ideas, options and solutions to help you move forward.  More here.Social Enterprise Scotland webinars (and as always ACVO advice is don’t say “we’re not a social enterprise so this isn’t for me” – lots of useful stuff here whatever you call yourselves!)Tourism and social enterprise: On Wednesday 30th September, we are going to talk about the future of tourism and explore ideas and support for social enterprises that are operating in a new and challenging context but showing creativity and innovation.Marketing: On Wednesday 7th October, we’ll be sharing insights on the growing interest of consumers for shopping from local and ethical brands with practical marketing tips for social enterprises to reach these audiences and promote their goods and services ACVO Affiliate HR Hub  have been nominated as finalists in the Aberdeen Business Awards – Best Professional Service Provider Category (HR Hub Plus Limited).  They were originally referred to us by a small local third sector organisation to whom they had been most helpful. If 3rd Sector people like what they do then you can vote here with HR Hub Plus Limited as the business that you are voting for. HR Hub itself can be contacted at Inspiring Workplace Solutions Tel: 0333 577 0788 | Mob: 07719 326 053 | Web: hrhubplus.com

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.
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams. Hygiene grants are focused on personal hygiene dignity. Healthy holiday grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. Application forms are available from your local Asda store. Ask for your local Community Champion and ensure you complete the correct form.
  • Recognition Express are proud to be an ACVO Affiliate and during COVID-19 we have been working with our vast supplier network to find products that can help with you get ready for going “Back to Work”. Products such as  Face Masks / Hand Sanitiser / Disposable Aprons / Perspex Screening /Information Signage/Floor Stickers/ Roller Banners/ Hi Viz Clothing/ and much more . We have created a website that gives examples of cost-effective signage that can help when you are considering a “New Normal” and we would be happy to help you to ensure that you have responded in making your premises as safe as possible.
  • The John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1 million Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours. How to apply – Contact your local store. When to apply – At any time More information on this fund here.

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
  •  Steps to Sustainability – Apply now to secure your place and unlock up to £10,000 funding for a sustainable and resilient future. Deadline for Round 1 applications: 21 December. Starting February 2021 – £50 per learner – Applications are now open for a new opportunity for heritage organisations across the UK to be ambitious, forward-thinking and deliver exciting new projects. Designed to help you to develop a sustainable approach for your organisation, this programme will support you to ignite your thinking and build confidence to bring your business idea to life.  
  • SCVO  have now launched our HR and Employment Support Service with seed funding from the National Lottery Community Fund! The service will build over time, based on the needs of the sector, offering a 1-1 query service, training/webinars and online self-serve digital resources. Find out more at https://scvo.org/services/hr or contact hremployment@scvo.org.uk  to discuss how this service can support voluntary organisations in your local area and complement any services you offer.
  • Keen to develop your business skills? Why not take a look at our current learning opportunities. Aimed at those working or volunteering within Scotland’s third sector, Just Enterprise E-Learning and Workshops are offered free of charge and our multi-day Leadership programmes are heavily subsidised via Scottish Government funding.https://justenterprise.org/leadership/
  • EVOC’s Ella Simpson says Covid-19 has brutally exposed the systemic weaknesses which always existed in the third sector. EVOC is the TSI for Edinburgh as ACVO is for Aberdeen.
  • Join SCVO on 8 December for an online Q&A event with National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch, where he will answer questions about the current coronavirus restrictions and how to interpret them for your work. If you’re wondering how to safely deliver support during the festive break, how to prepare for the new year or how to plan for changing tiers, this is the session for you. https://scvo.org/support/events/a1v3z00000INuSLAA1/qa-with-professor-jason-leitch #NeverMoreNeeded – As part of the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign, SCVO is looking to document and debate some of the fantastic new partnership work that has popped up in Scotland this year between the voluntary sector and the public or private sector. If coronavirus or lockdown has enabled an organisation you know to create new partnerships with bodies that previously seemed impenetrable, please let us know by emailingsusan.smith@scvo.org.uk .  ACVO would also be delighted to know and help raise the profile of such work.
  • 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.
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Free tool for organisational sustainability  Organisations that survived in the past, present and future: Retain a single-minded focus on their core purpose; Evolve and adapt purposefully, knowing that sustainability is about change; Involve communities and partners, sharing ownership and responsibility. Take a holistic  approach to income generation, knowing their costs and proving their worth. From the section on Income Generation (though there are sections on many other aspects of your business)  Income generation means taking a holistic approach to all sources of revenue: grants, contracts, donations, events sponsorship, trading and investment. Most organisations are strong in one or two areas but will increasingly need to learn about others.  Funders and donors are customers and partners. They give you something in exchange for something else. Think about each source of income you have. Follow it back in time – where did it come from? Income often comes from relationships. Relationships take time. What are you doing now to generate income for two years’ time and beyond?  Effective marketing is where quality, customer service and communication. intersect. In this way of thinking, marketing is everyone’s job.  It’s okay to use word of mouth marketing, but don’t rely on it without supporting it.
  • Sick Pay Rebate – The new Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has launched.  The Scheme will enable small and medium sized employers with fewer than 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay.  
  • The Connecting Scotland programme to connect up to 9,000 digitally excluded people – the online application portal is now open.
  • The Third Sector Employability Forum (TSEF) exists to ensure an effective, collective voice for all third sector organisations supporting people to improve their employability and move into work, communicating these views and experiences to both central and local government in order to influence public services, how they are funded and how they are commissioned. Now more than ever, policy must be responsive to the needs of end users and those delivering support at the frontline to ensure flexible solutions that can tackle growing unemployment. EF belongs to everyone involved in delivering employability support in the third sector, and in partnership with SCVO, has created an online space utilising Basecamp to come together as a community of interest. The platform is free to use and if you’d like to join please email rachel.lenoan@scvo.org.uk  who will add you to Basecamp and send you an invite to join with others online.  You will then be able to ask, answer, inform, share, discuss and celebrate all matters employability. You are encouraged to join TSEF on Basecamp.  There is a wealth of expertise and lived experience across the sector, to positively inform and influence policymaking for the benefit of those we serve.
  • What you need to do to prepare for the potential impacts of coronavirus on your charity’s or voluntary organisation’s operations and finances. Contains Developing a contingency plan and your insurance, Financial management and solvency, Coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing), Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS), Bounce back loan, Charity funding from government, Other funding opportunities for charities, Webinars on contingency planning and finance. More details can be found here.
  • Lasting Leadership is a new guide to sustainable leadership. It helps managers and boards to develop succession planning, lateral leadership, emerging leaders and equality throughout their organisations. Free toolkit on sustainability.
  • Delaying free childcare in Scotland will be devastating for childcare groups and parents, campaigners have warned.  Such a move will also delay the return to work for many employed parents as the economy begins to resurface from lockdown, they say. It comes as the Scottish Government announced this week that plans to offer 1,140 hours of free early years care will not be introduced during the 2020-21 school year because of delays created by the coronavirus lockdown. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had announced the “transformational” plans to virtually double free early years care from 600 hours a year back in October 2017. The move would have benefitted all three and four-year-olds as well as some two-year-olds, but the planned implementation date has now been pushed back from August 2020. Many organisations were planning on using the new provision to restructure their provision with many hoping to compensate for the loses made during the enforced closure. More information can be found here.
  • Support for a four-day week is higher in Scotland than the UK average with charities backing the move.  Research carried out by Survation, revealed that 63% of people across the UK back a four-day week – rising to 70% in Scotland. Read more about it here.
  • Many of ACVO’s clients are having to look completely afresh at their business models.  Here’s a tool that might come in useful.
  • Have you seen there is a relatively new category under the Queens Awards for Enterprise?  The “Promoting Opportunity” category recognises organisations that have supported people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in improving their job skills and their chances of finding work. A refocus of the category enables those whose organisations’ core aim is to provide opportunities for others, and also those with a social mobility intervention or programme, to be recognised and celebrated.  It is also now easier for organisations to demonstrate how they have supported socially disadvantaged individuals in improving their job skills and their chances of finding work and provide evidence on the impacts and benefits of their interventions.  A list has been devised to help guide applicants about who is defined as socially disadvantaged for the purpose of the application.  It may be that you are also in a good position to suggest private sector bodies who may have supported them to promote and deliver eligible programmes.  Full details are available at:
  • The Supplier Development Programme is working to provide SMEs and supported businesses across the country with free training through online live webinars, including our ‘Talking Tenders’ opportunities that allow you to engage directly with public sector buyers, as well as featuring the latest procurement news and upcoming tender opportunities, engagement through social media, and free resources on the SDP website to ensure that you can be prepared for upcoming contracts in the public sector.  As the SDP Team continues to work remotely, please email info@sdpscotland.co.uk with any queries to ensure that you get the quickest response. To ensure your business is “tender ready” for future contract opportunities, be sure to register to attend SDP training virtually via webinar – up to five members of staff per SME business can attend, even if they are on furlough. Suppliers can also watch video clips on SDP’s YouTube Channel of previous face-to-face training delivered at Meet the Buyer events.
  • Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has launched a programme of support for Scotland’s social enterprise community, aimed at recovery from covid-19.  The Ambitions for Recovery initiative, delivered thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and in partnership with Baillie Gifford, will support 20 social enterprise leaders to adapt to harness opportunities available to them post-pandemic – highlighting the role social enterprises can play in building an impact-driven economy. Alongside virtual coaching and professional mentoring, social enterprises will have the opportunity to access an interest-free recovery loan, as well as grant funding for business support, in part paid for by Baillie Gifford. Commencing in August, the programme will cover topics such as leadership, pitching for investment, marketing and storytelling, strategies for growth and mental health coaching. A bespoke support package will be developed to match each organisation’s needs.
  • Improving sustainability toolkit – The Lasting Difference is a unique guide  to sustaining organisations and their impact. More information here.
  • Voluntary Sector Response and Recovery Conference 2020 – 2 Day Interactive Online Conference: 10 & 11th November 2020 – The Voluntary Sector Response and Recovery Conference will be the first national meeting of sector leaders to assess practical solutions in transforming and reviving outcomes for charities following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • For purchase of PPE, you can take advantage of bulk purchasing being organised by ACVO and Scottish Care through the Health and Social Care Partnership here For orders to be placed this week please submit the order form. For any queries, contact Jane.Russell@acvo.org.uk
  • HR, legal, accounting, office supplies, PR, marketing, IT support may be some of the things that you are thinking about as you look to getting sorted for a different future.  Do take a look at the ACVO Affiliates where there is a listing of companies operating locally who have signed up to our values and built a relationship with us based on supporting the Aberdeen community.
  • One such Affiliate, Indigo Project Solutions notes : 
          • As fundraising and development consultants for the public and third sectors, the pandemic has resulted in our team supporting organisations to respond to substantial social and economic upheaval.    Many are reviewing their funding models to reduce reliance on a narrow range of income sources, overcome competition for grants, and the need to generate more funding to support spiralling costs and increased demand.  We provide both strategic and practical advice and support to help clients develop high quality funding applications, proposals, and tenders.  The latter provided some positive lockdown news when we learned that our input had helped secure an annual contract of £1.3m+ through an NHS/Public Sector procurement exercise, providing our clients with sustainability and the ability to continue to support vulnerable groups for a further five years.    We fulfilled a role of critical friend – advising on strategy and budgeting, as well as reviewing and drafting tender responses in partnership with our clients.   If this is something that your organisation would benefit from please get in touch to learn more by emailing us at


  • Another Affiliate, Aberdeen Cyber Security  is also worth taking a look at if this has been a particular concern for yourselves. They say – Aberdeen Cyber Security is more than just your average IT and cyber company. We are on hand to help with all IT and cyber security needs, whether you have had a breach, or you are looking to put stronger measures in place to keep you and your data safe, or even general IT support. On top of the excellent service we can deliver we also care very greatly about the environment. info@aberdeencybersecurity.co.uk
  • Free security kits, up to a value of £150, for community properties, equipment or outdoor areas that need extra security at this time and have limited funds to meet these needs.
  • Is Growth what we want? We are very grateful, as always, to SE Network Scotland,  for this very useful piece of thinking and attached resource: Within our social enterprise community in Scotland, ‘growth’ has always been a matter of some debate.  The sector has regularly been encouraged to grow – create more jobs; become more sustainable; demonstrate greater social impact etc. This approach is often at odds with a sector, made up, overwhelmingly, of small, locally-based organisations, whose view of ‘growth’ is often more to do with being able to provide better and more effective services within their own local community – either of place or of interest. Over the years, the language around ‘growth’ has also begun to be modified – couched in softer terms. First, ‘sustainable growth’; then ‘inclusive growth’; and now, most recently, ‘green growth’ and/or ‘growth for wellbeing’. The ‘wellbeing’ of society has rightly moved up the political agenda but, in truth, it has been at the heart of social enterprise and wider third sector activity for decades. However, people’s understanding of what ‘wellbeing’ means and how it can be achieved – clearly differ. This article –https://wellbeingeconomy.org/the-myth-of-green-growth – by Rabia Abrar of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance – The Myth of Green Growth addresses claims of the Scottish Govt’s Advisory Board for Economic Recovery  that ‘growth is the best way to build a fairer, greener and more equal Scotland’. The article is not against growth per se – but argues that it should only be pursued in those areas of the economy that genuinely contribute to collective wellbeing and that, conversely, we should be shrinking those areas that damage it – an approach in keeping with the core ethos of social enterprise in Scotland.
  • We would also draw your attention to the following, also from SE Network Scotland: This week, OSCR has provided further reflections  – having studied their data in further detail. Whilst acknowledging there are many observations that can be made, they have highlighted the importance of not overlooking smaller organisations – who have played ‘a key role in leading community resilience which will be of even greater importance in the months ahead’. They have also picked out the cultural and sport/recreation sectors as in need of particular support in light of their contribution to our overall wellbeing.
  • We at ACVO can help you best if we understand you.  We know you have been working extremely hard throughout this crisis.  As we move into living with the impact of Covid-19, ACVO would like to let you know more about what we do, hear from you about what you need and how we can best support you.  To do this we have put together this short survey that will help inform our work going forward. We would really appreciate if you took some time to complete this survey which can be found here.
  • Adapting and changing (as above) does not happen overnight.  When today and tomorrow are hard, it is difficult to look further ahead but if you’re not careful, you’re not ready for tomorrow.  Perhaps now is the time for getting started on a different long-term?  Through an extensive list of training and events, the Supplier Development Programme can help small to medium sized businesses, as well as supported businesses, become what we call “tender ready”.
  • #WeArePublicHealth: Building Forward for Health and Wellbeing – Voluntary Health Scotland 2020 Annual Conference will take place online over 2 days on the 4 and 5 November, with 4 sessions to allow flexible access and options for joining us. With home working still the default position for many, we’re bringing you the best of our event in a bite size format. As ever you’ll have the opportunity to listen, share ideas and thinking, network and discuss. It is one of the leading health events in Scotland, bringing together stakeholders from across the third and community sectors, Public Health Scotland, NHS, national and local government, other public bodies, and academia. Find out more here.
  • The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) publishes Corporate Plan for 2020-23  The plan sets out their strategic direction of business and introduces their new vision for ‘a trusted and respected Scottish charity sector which positively contributes to society’.


  • Statement on Tier 4 restrictions in ScotlandFollowing the Scottish Government’s announcement introducing Tier 4 restrictions in parts of the country, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising have released a statement about the impact on public fundraising activity.
  • Understanding barriers to entry for BAME fundraisers – The Chartered Institute of Fundraising has opened a new survey which will inform our upcoming research on understanding barriers to entry into the fundraising profession and career progression for black, Asian and minority ethnic fundraisers. The research has been commissioned as part of the Chartered Institute’s Change Collective work and is being delivered by Voice4Change working with University of East London. The findings will be published in a research report in early 2021. Here is the link to the survey: https://bit.ly/ciof-barriers which will run until 13 December and is open specifically to fundraisers who identify as black, Asian or minority ethnic.
  • #XmaspartyHeroes – A campaign encouraging businesses to donate the money they would have spent on their Christmas parties has already raised £500,000 in its first week.  With Covid-19 causing most businesses to cancel this year’s Christmas parties, Xmas Party Heroes encourages companies to donate any unused funds to a charity of their choice.
  • 100+ Christmas fundraising ideas for charities, to use in your Xmas appeal, festive campaign and events. With links to dozens more, plus resources and people who will help you for free. But I really need your support by sharing the #FestiveFightback as widely as possible; social media, newsletters, just tell people, whatever. Let’s help as many charities as we can.
  • The seven elements of proposition: how to get your story across – There are seven critical elements to remember when telling your story that will help make it compelling, engaging, effective and give you the best chance of success. Before preparing your material, try using this simple checklist
  • Vulnerable State of the Aberdeen economy. Please 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’.
  • #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
  • Guidance for Fundraising during crisis are you a member? Are you aware of the Codes of Practice?  Is your Committee?  When times are a changing you may be looking into new ways of getting funds. It is important to be informed.
  • Chartered Institute of Fundraising. A series of recruitment guides to support the fundraising profession to become a more equal, diverse and inclusive has been published by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. The Change Collective guides have been produced for the fundraising community to help it consider the actions and decision they can take to achieve a more diverse fundraising workforce.  The guides include an additional element to reflect on recruiting during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Volunteering Matters. A quick guide to virtual fundraising has been created by Volunteering Matters with some virtual fundraising ideas that can help combat the feelings of isolation and loneliness and provide a fun and safe way to break the monotony and raise vital funds.
  • Charities should not be put off from fundraising during the Covid-19 pandemic, an international think tank has asserted.  Fundraising experts Rogare have undertaken a study responding to objections that fundraising is ‘inappropriate’ during the coronavirus crisis.  The body said it has received multiple reports of senior charity staff and board members telling fundraisers they should not ask donors for support during the pandemic.
  • Instagram has announced a new tool for people to help fundraisers raise money for good causes. The Facebook-owned social media platform launched its first fundraising tool last year with donation stickers, allowing users to donate directly to charities promoted in posts. Since January, more than $65 million (£51m) has been donated to Covid-19 fundraisers globally through Instagram and Facebook. Now, a pilot programme is being launched in the US, UK and Ireland giving people the ability to create and donate to personal fundraisers using their Instagram accounts.  More information here.
  • new guide seeks to help charities build better partnerships with businesses. The guide, from specialist insurance firm Ecclesiastical, comes after research found 62% of UK charities do not have a corporate partner despite 67% agreeing that working with business is essential for their future. It provides charities with tips on how to find the perfect partner, from the initial approach to developing the relationship beyond donations and volunteering. For businesses, it provides a framework for building deeper engagement and maximising the benefits of working with a charity. The report draws on insight from beneficiaries of last year’s Movement for Good Awards who took part in a roundtable discussion on how charities can better engage with business. An in-depth survey followed to get a deeper understanding of the issues.
  • Perhaps something to refer to in your corporate and community fundraising activities? The impact of Covid-19 on volunteering in Scotland has been revealed. Matthew Linning, head of research at Volunteer Scotland, said: “Given the unprecedented scale of coronavirus, the long-term societal and economic challenges it presents and the emerging evidence on the amazing contribution of volunteering, it’s not an overstatement to say we have ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity for volunteering. Not only can we ensure that volunteering plays its full part in addressing the health and wellbeing and economic challenges identified in the TSI Scotland Network Coronavirus Survey but we can help achieve a long-term change in society where the intrinsic values embedded in volunteering of reciprocity, mutuality and kindness come to the fore. As articulated in Communities vs Coronavirus  – the rise of mutual aid, to achieve this goal will require a new approach for community engagement which capitalises on achievements to date and helps deliver a lasting legacy beyond Covid-19.”
  • Fundraising Strategy Recovery toolkit. Click here to find out more.
  • Sadly, very many charities find their Trustees do not do much to support the organisation’s fundraising.  In the USA (where the culture is somewhat different) they say “Give Money, Get Money or Get off the Board”!  Here we share this useful video from Charity Excellence.
  • Charity supporters are more likely to hand over their money if it is topped up by the government, a new study has revealed.  Four in 10 people who already donate money to charity said government incentives such as top-ups make them more likely to give, according to a new survey from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Our colleague Sandy can help you get your head round Giftaid if that is new to you.