Funding Update – February

Funding to support response and resilience during Covid-19

Adapt & Thrive Programme

Grants and loans up to £250,000, as well as tailored specialist advice, are available to third sector organisations in Scotland for implementing organisational change needed to adapt to the challenges presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Open for applications and runs until March 2021.

Business Hardship Fund

Glasgow City Council has allocated a further £4.467million to businesses in the city which aims to help businesses ineligible for any of the existing government business support schemes. The fund will go live on 5 February, and will be in operation until 19 February. It will offer three levels of payment based on company size: £9,000 for businesses employing between 25 and 50 staff; £6,000 for businesses employing between 10 and 24 staff; and £3,000 for businesses employing 9 staff or less.

Communities Recovery Fund

Grants up to £75,000 are available for third sector organisations in Scotland to support people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery and tackle the challenges presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  The fund will support practical measures to support re-opening/re-shaping services.

Open for applications and runs until March 2021.

COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. To receive a decision by October 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st July 2021

 Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

The Fund is open for applications up to £5,000 and the fund is now focussing on Resilience. The fund’s priority is supporting organisations with their long-term planning, helping them become more sustainable in the future, despite the continued uncertainty. The aims of the new Resilience phase are to:

  • Strengthen communities by improving their ability to respond to future and continued challenges due to the pandemic
  • Strengthen organisations to be sustainable in the longer term, through staff development of internal infrastructure
  • Support organisations to increase their service provision to meet growing needs

Hardship Funds for Artists

Bella Caledonia are posting a list of hardship funds and awards currently available to artists and freelancers in Scotland. 

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

This is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. Deadline 31 March 2021.

 Coronavirus – information for businesses

The UK and Scottish Governments have announced a package of support to assist businesses. Glasgow City Council has a summary page of these where you can see what support is available for  individuals and organisations affected by coronavirus.

National Lottery Heritage Funding has reopened

The Fund is offering resilience and inclusion project funding to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in as follows:

  • Support organisations working with heritage to adapt and recover in the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis


  • Are focused on inclusion, led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage.

There are two levels of grant award – from £3,000 to £10,000 and from £10,000 to £100,000

OTHER Funding

Co-operative and Social Enterprise Fund for 2020/21

Glasgow City Council have launched the new fund for 20/21. They offer funding, advice and support to individuals, businesses and social enterprises on developing co-operative business models. They are keen to encourage the creation of new co-operatives and to grow existing ones.

In 2021-21 the CSEF will award grants of up to £5,000 towards eligible activity.

Cycling Facilities Fund

Grants from £20,000 up to £500,000 are available to constituted non-profit distributing organisations in Scotland for projects that improve cycling facilities across the country. The Fund has three main aims:

• Inspire the nation to cycle: Providing accessible, inclusive and inspiring facilities that enable and encourage people to engage with cycling in all its forms, regardless of their background, gender, age, ethnicity or ability.

• Grow and develop club and community cycling: Providing multi-discipline hub facilities with safe coaching and skill development areas that support the growth and development of cycling clubs and hubs.

• Grow and develop local and regional event opportunities: Providing new or upgrading existing facilities to enable local and regional festivals, competition and events.

Funding is awarded monthly until funds run out.

Pedal for Scotland Grants

Grants up to £10,000 to support local events in more places to get more people in Scotland cycling. Two levels of funding are available:

• Small grants of up to £1,000 for community cycling events with 50 – 250 participants

• Large grants of up to £10,000 for Pedal for Scotland events with 250 – 700 participants, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland

Deadline 8 March 2021

The Tree Council: Grant funding for tree planting

Funds are available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree, orchard and hedge planting projects this winter (November 2020 – March 2021). They will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1500.To allow for a four week turnaround time from application to award, the deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 12 February 2021. Applicants must ensure that they can plan, execute and claim for their completed project by the end of March 2021.

Glasgow City Council’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund

For financial year 2021/22 £2.315m is available. The objectives for this funding are to tackle long term vacant and derelict land, stimulate economic growth and job creation, develop a diverse sustainable environment and support communities to flourish and tackle inequalities. To be eligible for funding sites must have been on the Vacant and Derelict Land Register for more than 15 years. They are looking for a brief project outline, i.e. the site location; proposed works; estimated cost; indicative funding request by Monday 1st March 2021. for more info please contact or