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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Scouts Scotland fund for groups in areas of deprivation
We recognise that the restrictions on Scouting as a consequence of Covid-19 will have caused financial difficulty to a number of Scout Groups and that this may be especially challenging for Groups operating in areas of deprivation.
We have created a fund to support Scout Groups who find themselves in this situation. The fund can offer a small grant of up to £1,000 for eligible Scout Groups.
The fund can be used for rent, utility bills, building maintenance e.g. boiler repair, buildings/contents insurance, equipment required to support Scouting under restrictions e.g. lighting, high visibility vests, open-sided shelters, hand gel dispensers, or expenses of a similar nature.
To be eligible, the Scout Group must be supporting young people in your local authority’s most deprived communities. You can check your Scout Group meeting place postcode on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation – www.simd.scot
Adapt and Thrive Funding Programme
This fund opened in September 2020 and is part of the Scottish Government Third Sector response to COVID-19.
It aims to support organisations to make the necessary changes in response to COVID-19 and to operate sustainably so they can continue to thrive and have a positive impact on people and communities.
In addition to funding of between £5,000 to £25,000 the programme offers tailored specialist advice and loans.
The fund is open until March 2021.
In September 2020 the Robertson Trust launched their new funding strategy.
If your group or activities meets their funding criteria of helping to alleviate the effects of poverty and trauma in your community you may be eligible.
There are 3 main funding streams (Wee Grants, Small Grants and Large Grants) plus Community Vehicle and Community Building Grants.
No set closing dates- applications can be sent in at any time.
Organisations with an annual income of up to £2million and fitting the Trust criteria are eligible to apply.
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.
A further new phase of funding opened on Dec 1st 2020 (the Resilience phase) which aims to support organisations to be sustainable in the longer term and to be able to respond to future and continued challenges due to the pandemic. Funding for activities such as training and development of staff, equipment costs, and adapting outdoor activities and spaces to enable services to be delivered through the winter months would all be considered.
Grants available from £1,000 to £5,000
No deadline provided but organisations are advised to apply as soon as they can.
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.
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.
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
This is currently closed, but it's an on-going fund so worth keeping an eye on the page for updates.
Scout groups may be eligible for a single payment award of £500.
The fund is for charities and community groups supporting vulnerable groups (including children and young people). Typically the fund will support organisations who have experienced an increased demand, a disruption to their service or those who have needed to develop a new service as part of their emergency response to COVID-19.
Co-op local community funds
This is currently closed, but will re-open in Spring 2021 so worth keeping an eye on the website for updates.
Groups may be eligible for the co-op local community funds for projects that bring the community together to help those in need, support the mental and physical health of others through community wellbeing activities, or enable people to develop or share their skills to foster community spirit and build resilient communities.
Find out more here
Applications opened June 1st 2020
This small grants scheme is designed to support charities with an income of less than £150,000 pa working at grass roots level in the UK.
Focus is on one-year grants to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to 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 if possible.
Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000
No deadline given
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.