Unfortunately, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are cancelling third sector forums held at our office. At the moment, this will be until the end of June. However, we are running a bi-weekly COVID-19 online forum using Zoom: the COVID-19 Third Sector Response Forum.
Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership’s (HSCP) COVID-19 Community Action Fund has been set up to support community groups, voluntary and third sector organisations and small businesses to support people within communities who are affected by COVID-19. Groups and organisations should apply for the amount of funding that they think is appropriate to the activities they want to provide. There is no minimum level of funding, though applications for funding over £1,000 may result in a request for further information.
LGBT Youth Scotland (LGBTYS) is currently recruiting a Youth and Community Development Officer for the Forth Valley area. The position is 30 hours per week, with a salary of £24,415 – £27,030 per annum (pro rata), based in Stirling. The successful candidate will support the delivery of LGBTYS’ youth services across Forth Valley, working as part of the Youth Work Team in supervising staff, delivering training and capacity building, and creating opportunities for young people. The deadline for applications is Thursday 16th April.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund. The fund aims to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. This is intended as a rapid response fund, and CAF aims to make payments within 14 days of application. As they anticipate high numbers of applicants, it is unlikely that all eligible applicants will be awarded grants.
Youth Scotland has announced the Youth Scotland Action Fund, a micro grant fund which supports community-based youth work affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum amount available per application is £500, and the fund can be used for a range of equipment, opportunities and programmes to engage young people during the epidemic. The fund is prioritised for Youth Scotland member groups who meet the funding criteria, but non-member groups from non-uniformed organisations who meet the criteria are welcome to apply.
Applications are now open for the Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF). The TSRF will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income, or who are unable to deliver their services directly as a result of the pandemic, offering charities, social enterprises, and community or voluntary groups grants of £5,000 – £100,000.
As part of our COVID-19 Community Responses, Resources and Guidance page, our team at CVS Falkirk has pulled together a range of funds relevant to our local communities and sector: the COVID-19 Funding page. Please check this page regularly, as new information is being added on an ongoing basis.
Skills for Health has developed a free online resource for key workers (including volunteers, who are classed as category 2 or 3) to learn about COVID-19 symptoms, infection prevention, investigation and guidance to support them in their role. The course includes Statutory/Mandatory e-learning training, aligned to the UK’s Core Skills Training Framework, including Infection Prevention and Control.
Change Grow Live (CGL) Forth Valley has compiled a short list of useful information documents for during the current COVID-19 pandemic, including: Support Services in Forth Valley, information on the benefits available under Universal Credit during the pandemic, and a list of NHS and partner helpline services.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is continuing to provide career information, advice and guidance. SDS Careers Advisers are also continuing to offer support to individuals via phone, Skype or online.