Charity & Social Enterprise

Our partners at Highlands and Islands Enterprise have provided us with this useful information for charities and social enterprises. 

Following the announcement of the Scottish Government £350 million investment package to support communities in responding to the Covid-19 emergency across Scotland, HIE is working very closely with the Scottish Government and a range of national partners in the development of support for our communities in the Highlands and Islands. We are actively contributing to the development of the funding investment and co-ordination of resource for our communities.  Further information will be available shortly.  Latest information on support available to communities and social enterprises is available at

Third Sector Resilience Fund – opened 25 March 2020 – £1.3 distributed as at 1 April 2020

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 supports 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.

Updated Position on Third Sector Resilience Fund

As of 17th April 2020, 447 organisations have been supported through the TSRF, along with an estimated 6,000 jobs saved as a result. A list of organisations that have been awarded funding up to 15 April 2020 is available on Firstport’s website.

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)

We strongly encourage potential applicants to read the fund’s guidance notes and FAQs prior to starting an application.  If organisations are unclear whether they meet the revised criteria or would benefit from support to understand their financial position and likely funding requirements, they are advised to contact Just Enterprise, who can work with them to better articulate their funding needs.

In order to apply to TSRF, organisations must complete a short eligibility checker to assess their suitability for the fund. Based on the answers provided, interested applicants will be directed to the correct application form depending on their needs or signposted to other sources of relevant funding/support.

Foundation Scotland – Response Recovery and Resilience Fund:

Organisations can apply for grants between £1,000 and £5,000. The fund’s primary focus is providing immediate funding support to constituted community groups and registered charities responding to the coronavirus pandemic:

Please also see information on forthcoming Scottish Government Funding:

Supporting Communities Fund

Scottish Government has made a £40m fund available to community organisations including those that are not registered charities to support small scale community resilience.  The fund will be allocated through community anchor organisations that are already playing a key active role in providing services within the community and will likely have established networking and connections through the communities. 

Wellbeing Fund

Scottish Government has made a £50m Wellbeing Fund available.  The fund is to enable national and local action by third sector organisations to reach the most vulnerable groups. 

The fund will identify and support community led responses to COVID – 19 in their area and identify vulnerable groups to take proactive action to ensure that there are responses to support them. 

The Wellbeing Fund will be opening again for Expressions of Interest on 7 May 2020

Scottish Welfare Fund

An additional £40 million has been made available for the Scottish Welfare Fund to assist local authorities in meeting increased demands for Crisis and Community Care grants. £22 million will be issued first with the balance used in response to coronavirus hotspots.

Food Fund

Scottish Government is putting in place a £70 million Food Fund to help ensure everyone has access to food at this time, including at-risk groups and older people, as well as ensuring provision is in place for families in receipt of free school meals.


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