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

Coronavirus: Funding for community groups

For funding information, please see the latest icon funding alert [583Kb].

Financial support for communities

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has a useful webpage with lots of advice for community groups, including information on the Communities & Third Sector Recovery Fund.

Adapt & Thrive Programme aims to support organisational change for Third sector organisations needing to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Working with an advisor, organisations will be supported to develop a plan so they can operate sustainably. This may mean developing new income streams, restructuring the organisation, or changing how services are delivered. 

Communities Recovery Fund aims to support the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID-19, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented.The fund offers grants so organisations can reintroduce the delivery of services and supports the adaptation of existing services or the development of new ones to tackle new community needs resulting from, or existing needs exacerbated by COVID-19.

Welfare support

Please note financial support for individuals and families can be found on the Benefits and COVID-19 pages of our website. The Welfare Rights Team can be contacted on 01738 476900 (Option 1) or

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.

Gannochy Covid 19 Recovery and Renewal Fund

The Gannochy Trust, has launched a £500,000 icon Gannochy Covid 19 Recovery and Renewal Fund [110Kb] to help charities working in Perth and Kinross cope during the pandemic. The new fund will provide welcome relief from the financial and operational pressures facing charities during the outbreak, as well as enabling development and delivery of vital support services to people and communities affected by the virus.

Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund

The £1 million Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery of projects, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them. The fund encourages communities to 'love local', recognise the importance of their local areas, and actively engage in and develop them.

Applications for the fund are open from Sunday 18th October, and close at 5pm on Wednesday 25th November. Please see below for more information, and to access the application form and guidance note.

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. Please note that Perth City has allocated their funding and is no longer accepting applications.  Projects, or proposals should reflect the following criteria:

  • Continuing to support community and voluntary efforts in relation to COVID-19;
  • Growing the capacity of groups to take on longer-term roles and service delivery in your community;
  • Supporting groups to take on new volunteers to meet emerging needs in your community;
  • Supporting new groups to formalise and develop plans for longer-term community development activity.

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 with the following details:

  • Name of group and contact details
  • Geographic area which your group is covering
  • Details of your proposal and the benefit that it will bring to your community
  • Details 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.