The funding aims to be flexible so it supports your recovery plan and it will be awarded on an unrestricted basis. However, in the application you will be expected to break down what you plan to spend the funds on. These should directly relate to your plan and financial recovery.
Some examples of the types of costs we expect to fund include:
- Costs associated with adapting premises for re-opening. For example, PPE, perspex, glass, etc.
- Staff salaries. You may need to bring back staff who have been furloughed so they can support the implementation of your plan. For example, the person that develops your fundraising activities. You need to tell us for how long the funding is likely to cover these costs, i.e. if your plan shows that after eight months your income is likely to return to pre-COVID levels by implementing new fundraising activities, we would expect the salary costs to cover the eight-month period.
- Consultancy or short-term contracted staff. You may need to bring in a consultant if you don’t have the skills/expertise in house. For example, you may need to hire an HR specialist to help with staff contracts if working practices have changed. Again, we want to know how long you are likely to need these services for.
- Contributions towards capital expenditure. In order to operate safely, your premises may need significant adaptations. While the programme may not be able to support extensive capital projects, you can apply for a contribution towards these costs. For example you may need to make adjustments to toilets or washing facilities, or purchasing digital equipment (if there is a shift to online delivery).
- Stock or materials required to support the implementation of your plan. For example, you may need marketing materials such as customer signage.
- Changes to services. In some instances, we may consider funding costs that relate to changes to the services you deliver, but only if the changes directly support your recovery plan.
- Essential overheads and other fixed costs. If your organisation has been forced to close as an essential part of responding to national lockdown or tier level change, you can ask for these costs as part of your overall funding ask. Please note that the amount and period requested should align with the SG’s planned easing of restrictions and at most cover the period between the date of application and 30 June 2021. Essential costs cannot be the primary funding ask.
Funding will be unrestricted to support the delivery of your plan and enable your organisation to adapt and divert the funding to what your organisation needs if your circumstances change (for example, a local lockdown).
Costs that can’t be supported
- Lost income from activities that were planned prior to the pandemic. For example, a fundraising event you had to cancel or a contract that has been postponed.
- Staff costs associated with service/project delivery
- Any retrospective costs
- Any historical debt
- Activities and goods related to current delivery of services or emergency support
- Activities that do not align to the Government’s tier system