The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a period of uncertainty for lots of charities and organisations. We know that many of our Groups, Districts and Regions will be struggling financially during the crisis and will need funding to help them.
Some funding packages have been put together that youth organisations may be eligible for. Each package aims to support organisations throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. The criteria varies for each funding scheme, so we'd recommend checking the details to see what you may be able to apply for.
We'll keep updating this page as more funding packages are announced. If you see any funds that we don't have here and you think would be useful for more groups, email us at email@example.com and we can add them.
I can't say enough how proud I am of all our members. These are incredibly challenging times and it is essential that we pull together, follow advice, and keep ourselves and our young people safe. As we pull through this crisis, I know that Scouts will be vital to rebuilding our society, bringing together communities, and supporting young people from all backgrounds to connect and develop skills that will help them to succeed.
Andrew Sharkey, Chief Commissioner of Scotland
Potential funds to apply for and top tips
We've created a list of funds below that you might be eligible for. Each fund will have different criteria, and won't be right for every group. You'll need to understand what your financial situation is so you can best choose the fund that might be right for you.
These funds are Scotland or UK-wide, but there may be more funding available for local areas. It is worth checking your Local Authority website and the websites of any local funders that you're aware of.
There is some great advice on the SCVO website that might help you with writing your funding applications.
We also pulled together a few of our top tips that we always keep in mind when writing applications:
Be bold. Scouting makes a real impact – we see it every week, but the funders probably don’t. Use numbers, quotes, case studies, images and stories - whatever it takes to get the message across about the huge difference you make to young people and communities across Scotland.
Know what you’re asking for and be specific. Be clear about what it is you’re going to do, why you’re going to do it, who it will benefit and how much it will cost.
Read the small print. Make sure you’re eligible for the funding. If you’re not sure, drop the funder an email or give them a call - they might be able to help you, although this isn't always possible during busy times.
Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.
To benefit from this fund:
Applicants must be at risk of or unable to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from the date of application
The maximum grant amount awarded will be £75,000
Funding requests must be for a three month period
There is an eligibility checker that will help you find out if this is the fund for you.
Business Support Fund
The Scottish Government has introduced the Business Support Fund, which may help Scout groups that would pay rates on any premises that they own or use, including halls, campsites and outdoor centres. This fund is administered by Local Authorities, so you need to check on your council website to see if you’re eligible and find out how to apply.
We have already heard of groups successfully getting these grants, so if you think you are eligible it is definitely worth looking into. You can also apply for multiple properties that you pay rates on.
There are two grants available through this fund:
Small Business Support Grant - this has been extended to properties occupied by charities – including day centres, workshops and halls. It will apply to properties which are in receipt of any Charitable Rates Relief or Sports Relief, but are otherwise eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme. We're hearing that a lot of Scout groups may be able to benefit from this - to be eligible your property needs to have a rateable value of less than £18k. If you're not sure if you're eligible for this, check out your non domestic rates documentation.
Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant - retail, hospitality and leisure businesses can apply for a one-off grant of £25,000 if their rateable value is between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000.
You can find your rateable value here. You will need to know the postcode of your property and possibly the rate number from your rates invoice.
Your Local Authority website should have information on how this scheme is running in your area.
The Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund supports third sector organisations to provide vital wellbeing support to at risk groups.
The Wellbeing Fund is currently closed. We're keeping an eye on this and will update if a Phase 3 is launched.
The round 2 criteria focused on:
Working with at risk groups with new needs which are not currently being met by existing services
Providing vital wellbeing support on issues such as mental health, personal finances, employment, housing, food, physical health and home life
Immediate and emerging forms of support
National Lottery Awards for All Scotland
You can apply to Awards for All for grants of between £300 and £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. Applications are welcomed from voluntary or community groups, registered charities, sports clubs, not-for-profit companies, social enterprises, schools and statutory bodies.
Over the next six months priority will be given to COVID-19 related applications. Priority will be given to organisations that will support people at high risk, will see an increased demand in this period, or that have high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19.
There are no deadlines and applications can be made at any time.
Response, Recovery and Resilience (RRR) Fund
The RRR Fund is supporting local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact.
In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, Foundation Scotland is providing emergency funding for local charities and grassroots organisations who are currently supporting some of Scotland’s most affected and vulnerable people.
If your group doesn't fall into this category right now, it's worth checking back as in the future it's planned to fund a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover, re-establish or re-design their activities once the outbreak eases in response to community needs at that point.
The Bank of Scotland Foundation Reach Fund will support charities with an income of £1.5m or less can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £30,000 over one year, who can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion.
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.
Magic Little Grants
Scout groups may be eligible to apply for a Magic Little Grant towards projects that will support and inspire people to participate in sports and exercise.
Successful applicants will receive up to £500 AND a free annual Localgiving membership which includes a year of free access to fundraising advice and support.
Localgiving are giving away 900 grants of up to £500 between now and October 2020.
Groups are advised to apply ASAP.
If your group is in the vicinity of a windfarm, you may be eligible for a community benefit fund. The Foundation help to administer many community benefit funds that exist across Scotland to support the communities living near windfarms.
You can find out more about each fund and how to apply through the link below.
Gift Aid is a fantastic tool for Scouts to raise vital funds. If you're not already claiming Gift Aid, this is something that you could look into now that could make a big difference to your group financially. There is a bit of work required to get it set up, but you can potentially claim back for up to 4 years of Gift Aid that you've missed out on, and once you're set up your group will benefit for years to come.
Find out more information and how to apply on the Scouts UK Gift Aid webpage.