Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Funding for community groups

Financial support for communities

On 18 March the Scottish Government announced £350m of funding to support communities across the country, you can find out more information on the Scottish Government's Website. We are waiting on further information on how this funding will be made available and will share this on this webpage, on social media and across our network of contacts as soon as we receive it.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has a useful webpage with lots of advice for community groups, including the recently announced Third Sector Resilience Fund.

Please note financial support for individuals and families can be found on the Benefits and COVID-19 pages of our website.

Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund

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 can support the purchase and delivery of food, activities to support people's mental health and wellbeing, co-ordination of local activity and staff and volunteer expenses. 

You can register an interest in the fund on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation (SCVO) website.

NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund

NHS Tayside have agreed to open up the Community Innovation Fund to applications from eligible groups who are working and volunteering in their communities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications of up to £10,000 will be considered, for projects lasting around 6 months (timescales are flexible as the situation develops). Applications can cover costs associated with:

  • Volunteering and associated expenses
  • Purchase of items / equipment needed to deliver services
  • Staffing costs

All application information and guidance is available on the Community Innovation Fund pages of the NHS Tayside website.

Local Action Partnership's (LAPs) funding

There are seven Local Action Partnership's (LAPs) across Perth and Kinross, established to bring public services and communities together to identify and tackle the key issues facing their communities. Each LAP has a budget, which it can use to support projects and initiatives in their areas.

Due to the current situation, LAPs are making part of their budget available to local community groups, who are supporting members of their community during the current COVID-19 outbreak. If your group needs financial support to continue its good work, please email communityplanningpartnership@pkc.gov.uk with the following details:

  • Name of group and contact details
  • Geographic area which your group is covering
  • Brief description of the services your group is offering
  • Brief description of the financial support you need, and what it would be used for.

Whilst there is no specific maximum funding that you can ask for, note that these budgets do have a limit and please bear this in mind when you are contacting us.

Once received, we will check in with the LAPs and if they agree, we will contact you to get the details of your bank account and process the payment as quickly as possible. Please note that funds cannot be paid into a personal bank account, so if your group does not have an account, you will need to find another group who can host it for you.