The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate.
The programme is now open and has two strands:
Adapt and Thrive aims to support organisational change.
Third sector organisations need to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 so they can continue to have a positive impact in their communities. 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. Funding to implement the plan is also available.
Communities Recovery 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.
We anticipate that, in some cases, there will be an overlap and organisations may wish to access both Adapt and Thrive and Communities Recovery programmes. For example, an organisation that needs to diversify its income streams to become more sustainable but wants re-open a community service it has been unable to deliver.
The single online form for the Programme covers both Adapt and Thrive and Communities Recovery elements.
In the online form (regardless of the strand chosen), the applicant can request support from both programmes and will be prompted to complete all relevant questions. This means that, while an organisation’s request will be assessed separately by each strand, the organisation only needs to complete one form and its request can be assessed simultaneously.
To receive support from both, an organisation will need to meet all relevant criteria for each programme.
We would strongly encourage you to use a word template to plan your draft before completing the online form.
Adapt & Thrive runs regular information webinars.