Information and Resources for Third Sector Organisations
Comprehensive source of information for the Third Sector, including funding sources.
One to One Business Support and Information
MVA and SEAM can provide one to one support and guidance to Midlothian organisations who have concerns and questions about governance, sustainability and service provision during this time. To get in touch, email Rebecca:
Business Gateway Midlothian offer business support and have a series of free learning workshops that are open to the Third Sector. Keep an eye on their website for details of courses that are moving online.
Social Shifters Scotland: Developed with support from the Scottish Government, the platform features bitesize e-learning, inspirational videos, and downloadable resources. It’s been designed for community leaders, charities, and social enterprises. To help organisations through the tough months ahead, the platform includes uniquely developed COVID-19 response strategies and checklists, as well as daily updated advice from third sector regulators, funders, and advisory services (Finance, HR, Law, Communications, Insurance, etc.). The platform also enables users to connect with others in a similar situation, ask questions, and offer mutual support. You need to sign up (but note you can skip the question on age!)
Third Sector Resilience Fund:
The funding guidelines have changed! The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.
The Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund will support organisations across the third sector that are providing important services for people as a result of coronavirus. Funds must be used over the next 2-3 months. NOW OPEN.
Open until 5 May. Apply for up to £50k to cover core costs, for causes adapting to new modes of service provision due to Covid 19: focusing on financial capability and inclusion, and community resilience. Check eligibility document here.
This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Open to charities, CICs and other third sector organisations with an annual turnover under £1 million.
Creative Scotland Sustaining Creative Development: A fund to focus support on helping individuals and organisations to sustain themselves. Funding available for between £1k and £50k, the fund aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Applications open Friday 3 April.
Foundation Scotland: Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund: £1k-£5 for constituted groups making emergency responses within their local communities.
National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland): Lottery are directing funds toward new groups who are supporting communities through the pandemic. Midlothian groups interested in seeking funding should contact Emma Honeyman, funding officer:
There will be additional Scottish Government funding for community anchor organisations and those providing essential responses within the community. We will keep you up to date with these details when they are available.
UK Government Employee Retention Fund and other support for businesses
Details of how to apply for 80% salary support for furloughed staff, and various other business support schemes
Volunteer Midlothian is working with Midlothian Council, Health and Social Care Partnership and other partners to co-ordinate local volunteer-led efforts to ensure vulnerable people can access essential shopping, information, services and support. They have also produced guidance for safe volunteering.
Ready Scotland: national website where you can sign up to volunteer for the NHS or in your local community.
For organisations who are moving from face-to-face delivery to telephone support, the Befriending Network has some excellent resources.
Employment and Legal
The government has introduced a temporary new law to deal with coronavirus disruption. Employees and workers can carry over up to 4 weeks’ paid holiday over a 2-year period, if they cannot take holiday due to coronavirus. Important to be aware of this as we enter the new financial year.
ACAS has good information for employers and employees
Burness Paul: legal firm with specialist knowledge of charity law, have a hub of information related to employment, pensions, etc
Other important news and updates
Disclosure Scotland: what you need to know
We are still here for you
MVA, SEAM, along with our partner organisation Volunteer Midlothian, are working to ensure that our Third Sector can be as resilient as possible during this unprecedented crisis.
If you need any kind of support for business, funding, governance or other issues at this time, or if you simply want to let us know what is going on for you, please do keep in touch. We are happy to meet with you via video chat.
News 12 May 2020
The Chancellor has announced an extension to the Government's Jobs Retention (Furlough) Scheme until October. Employees should continue to expect 80% of their salary costs. However, from 1 August, employers will have to begin sharing this cost with the government. It's essential to start planning for this now!
News: 28 April 2020
Due to the overwhelming demand for the TSRF, the Scottish Government has announced a second phase to the fund and pledged additional funding.
For Phase 2 of the Third Sector Resilience Fund, the guidance and criteria have been adapted to maximise the number of third sector organisations that benefit from it:
Applicants must be at risk of or unable to cover essential costs within 12 weeks from the date of application
The maximum grant amount awarded will be £75,000
Funding requests must be for a three month period (previously four months)
Eligible costs will be mostly limited to overheads and essential staff (administrative for example) who cannot be furloughed. Please visit the FAQs section for more detailed information
All grant applications requesting £50,000 or more will be considered for a loan, a grant or a blended approach (part grant, part loan)
You must show that you have spoken to the Local Authority about any available funds before applying.