RRR Fund exceeds £7 million
We can hardly believe it's been almost a year since we launched the Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust. In March 2020, there was now 'how to' guide for designing an emergency funding programme for a pandemic!
Now, 48 weeks after launch, we're approving our final awards as the fund draws to a close. To date, we've issued 1401 grants to charitable organisations right across Scotland. The total distributed has now exceeded £7 million.
The way our communities have pulled together to make a difference locally has been truly inspirational. In the coming months, we'll take the opportunity to reflect on the fund's impact and celebrate the resilience of the grassroots charitable organisations the fund has supported.
“NET was set up to do the best by the people when the worst happens - whoever and wherever they are. By offering truly national coverage and a strong commitment to equity, Foundation Scotland has enabled us to make good on that founding ambition. Thanks to their efforts, thousands of grassroots charities across Scotland have transformed Coronavirus Appeal donations into difference in their communities.Thanks to their efforts, thousands of grassroots charities across Scotland have transformed Coronavirus Appeal donations into difference in their communities.”
Mhairi Sharp, Chief Executive of National Emergencies Trust
From foodbanks to online counselling services, organisations have all faced huge challenges during the pandemic. Like many organisations, Nutrition Scotland had to withdraw all of its face-to-face services during the lockdown. These were their main income, and they needed to quickly adapt and think about how they could continue to support their beneficiaries. A £5,000 award from the RRR fund allowed them to adapt quickly by making reliable nutritional information available online.
With health inequalities being brought into sharp focus during this pandemic, their new website improved Nutrition Scotland's visibility and gained high-interest levels from communities and professionals alike. The website development has allowed them to host many free resources through an engaging and professional platform, and they will continue to build on this in the future.
The application process was simple and communications supportive and helpful. We very much appreciated the fast access to funding which allowed us to focus our efforts on service delivery during this intense and difficult period.
The RRR Fund is now closed to new applications. The team continue to assess all remaining applications that were received before 16th February. All applicants will be contacted by mid-April.