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Top 5 Places To Look For Third Sector Funding During Covid-19

Top 5 Places To Look For Third Sector Funding During Covid-19

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We know that many third sector organisations will be anxious about funding due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Here we have set out 5 places where charities can access for additional funding or information to help support them through this pandemic.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government have released £350m of funding so of course this is going to be one of your first ports of call. Here’s what we know so far.

1) Wellbeing Fund 

The Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus. Funds have supported the purchase and delivery of food, activities to support people’s mental health and wellbeing, co-ordination of local activity and staff and volunteer expenses.

For more information, and to express an interest in this fund, click here.

2) Third Sector Resilience Fund

This SCVO and Scottish Government 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.

Check your eligibility here.

3) Food Fund – Available soon.

The ‘Food Fund’ will help ensure everyone has access to food during the pandemic, including at-risk groups, older people and families in receipt of free school meals. £10 million will be used to support community-led action. Details on how to access this funding are not yet available, this will be included in our bulletin as soon as it is published. You can access our special Covid-19 Information Bulletin here.

Access funds raised by the National Emergencies Trust Appeal

4) The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal

This is a UK wide appeal and is accepting donations from the public, corporate donors, charitable trusts community fundraising, and existing and new government funding programmes. 

Foundation Scotland is the lead partner in Scotland for NET funds and is delivering the Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. Immediate funding is available to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in their local community.

Apply here.

5) Other Sources


Tesco, Waitrose, Standard Life Foundation, Barclays and CAF have all launched grant programmes aimed specifically at helping charities to support communities during the Covid19 crisis.

Your current funders

In response to the crisis being caused by the pandemic many funders are being flexible on deadlines and allocation of current funding. Some are also offering additional funds which are limited to organisations currently in receipt of grants; to minimise administration. It is worth checking with all those from whom you currently receive funds to see what support they can offer.

Here at Impact Funding Partners we working with our funding partners to support organisations, and take a flexible approach to reporting.  Please contact your Development Officer by email in the first instance if you need further information or wish to discuss any concerns.

Community fundraising

In these difficult times there has been an outpouring of community spirit and offers of help. Small grassroots charities working in local areas may want to support community fundraising. Crowdfunder UK is offering 100% free access to their fundraising platform during the crisis for charities.

As we all know things are changing on a daily basis and it can be very difficult to keep up with all the relevant information. Impact funding Partners are producing a weekly bulletin that you can find here as well as our designated Covid 19 Information page. You can also find up to date information on the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub