The Women’s Fund for Scotland has launched 2 new funding programmes in response to COVID-19. Grants of up to £5,000 are available through both grant schemes.
The Emergency Response Grant is available to support women’s organisations, equipping them to deal with changes required due the COVID-19 pandemic while delivering services as seamlessly as possible.
The funding can cover:
- maintaining existing service provision by: moving service provision on-line, or developing new methods of service delivery that do not require face to face contact
- unrestricted funding to cover a temporary shortfall in income on which the organisation previously relied (for example, a loss of income from charity shops, sales, or membership fees)
- the provision of additional support services, or occasionally additional staff hours, where demand is increased directly because of the pandemic, where these are in line with the existing substantive work of the organisation
- the development of a new service to address specific issues arising from COVID-19 regulations (for example, an online chat facility for women unable talk in private as they cannot easily leave the house due to lockdown regulations)
The Resilience and Recovery Grant is available to help women’s organisation to adapt their normal working practices to conform to any Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, whilst continuing to meet the needs of the women and girls they work with.
Organisational recovery and resilience may sometimes include the type of issues occurring in the emergency response stage, but could also cover:
- longer-term adjustments needed to meet new practices required for effective infection control, beyond the period of lockdown
- the provision of additional hours on a temporary basis, for example, to allow two small groups to meet instead of one large group
- meet ongoing loss of income to allow organisations a breathing space to recover their initial position
The deadline for all applications is 4pm on Monday 10th August.