This week saw the launch of the Scottish Govt’s Wellbeing Fund – designed to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important frontline services for people as a result of coronavirus crisis. £10m has already been allocated for immediate priorities and £7 million has been committed to provide around 2,000 charities with small grants through Corra, Inspiring Scotland, STV Appeal, SCVO and Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces. The remaining £33 million is now open to bids from Third Sector Organisations. They are now inviting expressions of interest. One of the other main Scottish Govt responses to the current crisis is the Third Sector Resilience Fund which has now been open for around three weeks – and is already distributing funds – see list of awardees. We have also heard from many who have been unsuccessful. A key message being relayed remains the lack of clarity between the various funds – the Resilience Fund; the Wellbeing Fund and the forthcoming Supporting Communities Fund. For further info’ on support available, see Senscot’s COVID 19 Resources Page – which is updated regularly – as well as SCVO’s comprehensive Information Hub.
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