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Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

Grant size Up to £5,000
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED

About this fund

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, our Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund launched at the end of March 2020. By February 2021 we'd distributed £7 million in funds to 1,400 charities and community groups the length of Scotland.

The Response phase of the fund focussed on meeting the most immediate needs of our communities, a crisis support. As some lockdown restrictions were lifted we moved to our Recovery phase in August. Funding focussed more on enabling organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, and to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations. 

As we entered tighter restrictions once again, it became more evident that Covid-19 will impact on third sector operations well into 2021 and perhaps beyond.  Whilst we continued to provide emergency support for those who need it, we moved into the Resilience phase in November 2020.

The fund's priority was then supporting organisations with their long-term planning, helping them become more sustainable in the future, despite the continued uncertainty. 

Purpose of this fund

The aims of the Resilience phase are to:

  • Strengthen communities by improving their ability to respond to future and continued challenges due to the pandemic.
  • Strengthen organisations to be sustainable in the longer term, through staff development of internal infrastructure.
  • Support organisations to increase their service provision to meet growing needs.
  • When applying, think about what your organisation needs to have in place to ensure you’re able to adapt and develop, to provide sustainability or growth in the longer term.

Some examples of how funds might be used:

  • For training and development of staff to ensure you’re equipped to deliver services in a new or adapted way.
  • To purchase equipment to ensure your organisation has the hardware required to continue to deliver services effectively.
  • For training and resources for charities and communities regarding changes to operation and working practices necessary for safe delivery of services.
  • To help organisations change their approach or adapt their services to meet social distancing guidelines.
  • Support in adapting outdoor activities and spaces to enable services to safely continue during the winter months and beyond.
  • Support to develop specific resources/infrastructure to deal with mental health issues. For example, employing counselling staff, or appropriate training for staff and volunteers, and mental health support for staff and volunteers.

Who can apply?

This fund is now closed to new applications.

What can’t be funded?

Please read through What we can't fund page, these exclusions apply to all Foundation Scotland funds.

How are decisions made?

Decisions for this fund were made by a Foundation Scotland staff panel and ratified by Trustees. For more details on our assessment processes please visit How funding decisions are made

Fund now closed

We're sorry, but this fund is now closed to new applications.  Due to limited funds available from the National Emergencies Trust, we stopped accepting applications on Tuesday, 16th February.  If you have already applied before this date, please be patient, and you'll be notified of the outcome mid-April 2021.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is there a deadline on when funds should be spent?

    Grant monies must be spent by 1st August 2021. No extensions to this date can be given, and any unspent funds by this date must be returned. Final monitoring must be received no later than the 15th August 2021.

  • Can we apply for core costs?

    Day to day running costs of your organisation are not eligible. We can consider funding for additional staff hours or a contribution to costs to deliver or adapt your service in a new way to help you respond to the impact of COVID-19.

  • Can newly established, local aid groups apply?

    We are aware many people have joined community efforts to look after the most vulnerable in society by volunteering to pick up shopping, deliver medicine etc. This is something we warmly welcome. The Covid-19 Mutual Aid website provides advice on how to set up a local mutual aid group, including important guidance on safety and security.

    Recently formed groups of local volunteers providing mutual aid in your community can also apply. You will need to:

    • demonstrate that your work is endorsed by the Local Covid-19 Hub, another charitable or statutory organisation e.g. parish council.
    • demonstrate that appropriate safeguarding has been considered, and appropriate policies are in place e.g. volunteer code of conduct.
    • seek authorisation from another charitable organisation or statutory organisation, e.g. community council, to hold funds on your behalf if you do not have a bank account. For further advice and guidance, please visit the Covid Mutual Aid website
  • How does this fund relate to the national appeal?

    The National Emergencies Trust has launched a UK-wide fundraising appeal in partnership with the British Red Cross to support local charities. We are the official partners for NET to distribute funds in Scotland.

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Fund case studies

Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund.

This includes funding for Building Bridges to provide halal meals for vulnerable families and individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

View case studies