Information from Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Wellbeing Fund Round 2 open

The second round of the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund is now open to applications from voluntary sector organisations providing crucial services to people as a result of coronavirus.

The first round closed on 30 April having received over 1,000 applications, with half of applications already assessed and more than £6 million approved for funding so far.

Awards have been offered to support a wide range of activity across all communities in Scotland.  From creative learning packs, online exercise classes and increased phone contact to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and young people, to grocery and baby essential parcels for those who are self-isolating. 

The second round of the Wellbeing Fund is open to all voluntary sector organisations that did not apply or receive funding from the first round. Applications from organisations working to support people facing financial or employment difficulties are being particularly encouraged, as well as applications from organisations working with minority communities. 

For more information about the Wellbeing Fund, including eligibility criteria and a link to apply – visit the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.

Connecting Scotland

The Connecting Scotland initiative announced by Scottish Government this week aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes who are considered clinically at high risk so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic. SCVO is working with partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver the programme. If you currently work with people that are on low incomes and in the ‘shielding’ group, we would be interested in hearing your experiences of issues related to digital exclusion.

Guidance, resources & events

You can find links to useful resources and information for both organisations and individuals on our Coronavirus Third Sector Info Hub, as well as details of upcoming SCVO events.

If your organisation is hosting a webinar, online course or seminar on this topic and would like to promote it, you can submit it to TFN’s online events calendar.