The Wellbeing Fund aims to assist third sector organisations working with people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic
Third sector organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to apply for emergency funding to help cope with the effects of coronavirus.
More than 2000 charities, community/voluntary groups, and social enterprises are being offered immediate financial support from the £50 million Wellbeing Fund, which has been established to assist third sector organisations working with people impacted by the pandemic.
Communities secretary Aileen Campbell announced on Monday (13 April) that organisations will be able to submit an expression of interest to access financial support from the fund through the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).
She said: “Last month, I announced a £350 million package of emergency funding for a wide range of organisations, as communities across Scotland are already adapting their services to ensure they are providing vital support to people who are worst affected by COVID-19.
“This £50 million funding will help to continue that work as well as supporting new services to get people through these difficult times.”
Anna Fowlie, chief executive of SCVO, said: “The Wellbeing Fund has already seen much-needed money get to the frontline. Today it is being opened up to an even broader range of voluntary organisations. The voluntary sector has stepped up in communities across Scotland to provide vital support to people who really need it and it’s great to see the Scottish Government recognise that.
“Scotland has been ahead of the game in understanding the vital role that charities and community groups play in dealing with the impact of coronavirus and at SCVO we are pleased to be playing our part.”
Any organisation wishing to submit an expression of interest can do so through the Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub on the SCVO website.
The £50 million Wellbeing Fund is part of a £350 million package announced by the Scottish Government to support those most affected by the pandemic, and enable a swift response according to local need.
Of this, £10 million has been allocated for immediate priorities and £7 million committed to support around 2000 charities through small grants.
This leaves £33 million of the Wellbeing Fund now open to bids from third sector organisations.
The Scottish Government is working with Corra, Inspiring Scotland, the STV Appeal and SCVO to allocate the funding. They will be assisted by Scotland’s network of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) – which provide a single point of contact and support for charities and social enterprises, having an active presence in every local authority in Scotland.