About the programme
Adapt and Thrive to remain open into July
The Adapt and Thrive programme will welcome applications beyond the end of June and continue to support the recovery of the third sector. The Scottish Government has committed additional funding to respond to the substantial demand for the programme.
Adapt and Thrive aims to support organisations most financially affected by the pandemic to change, flex, innovate, or grow so they can be resilient and financially sustainable during and post COVID-19.
In addition to meeting the programme’s criteria, organisations seeking funding must ensure their work fits within one or both funding priorities:
- Organisations operating in areas or with individuals who have suffered disproportionately from the effects of COVID-19.
- Organisations working with people who have protected characteristics or the most vulnerable.
Early applications are encouraged before the fund’s closure later in July to allow for support and funding assessments to be carried out throughout July and August.
Adapt and Thrive is part of the £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on 2nd September 2020. The programme forms part of the wider Scottish Government Third Sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future.
The programme is delivered in partnership by Firstport, Corra Foundation, SCVO, Just Enterprise, Community Enterprise and Social Investment Scotland.
Adapt and Thrive offers tailored, specialist advice, as well as grants and loans. The advice is designed to help organisations to build recovery plans that are flexible, allowing them to stay open, respond to the planned easing of restrictions or adapt quickly to any changes in guidelines or tier levels whilst working towards financial sustainability. The funding is unrestricted so it can also adapt around the needs of the organisation.
Our updated FAQs contain all the information you need to know now. You can also watch this video to learn how other organisations have benefitted from the programme:
If your question is not answered in the guidance below please contact the helpdesk.
We strongly recommend that you use the relevant word template below to plan your draft before completing the online form as there will be no option to save your application and return to complete later.