Adapt and Thrive is open to charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations. To be considered for support, your organisation:
Is based in Scotland
…and operating primarily in Scotland. If your organisation also operates outside Scotland, you must demonstrate that most of its operations and beneficiaries are in Scotland.
Has had significant disruption to operations and service delivery due to COVID-19
For example, your operations and service delivery may have had to rapidly move online or stop altogether and now, as restrictions and guidelines change, you are able to work differently and/or explore adaptations. Or simply that Government guidance means that you need to make adjustments to enable your organisation to remain open, operate and deliver your services safely.
Has been financially negatively impacted due to COVID-19
It is important to tell us how your income has changed as a result of COVID-19. For example, it could be drops in grants and/or donations, delayed delivery of contracts or Service Level Agreements.
Was already in operation and making an impact prior to COVID-19
Your organisation must have been established, operating and making a positive contribution for your community before 1st January 2020.
Has a plan (or is planning) to support its community to recover from the health and economic crisis brought about by COVID-19.
The programme aims to support organisations, working in geographical communities or communities of interest, who are able to show how they can help make a positive contribution in their community. This may require organisations to change, adapt and respond to what their communities now need.
Reflects the needs of the organisations and communities it seeks to serve
By this we mean that your beneficiaries and the people you seek to serve are involved or play an active role in how your organisation operates. For example, people you work with are represented on your Board/Management Committee, you conduct regular consultations with clients, etc,.
Is planning to operate in line with the Scottish Government’s planned easing of restrictions and regional Tier System
Your plans for recovery should take into account and reflect the tier system and include how your activities will adapt based on the Government’s plan to ease restrictions or to a move up or down tiers in your area. We want to see that you can be flexible to adapt to the moving nature of the current environment and respond accordingly.
Will engage with the support from the Adapt and Thrive Programme to create and deliver your plan
Completing the online form is just the beginning of the process. As part of the programme, you will get the opportunity to work with an advisor to create, update, or refine your recovery plan. We want to know that you can dedicate time and staff/volunteers capacity to engage with us, develop your plan and deliver on it.
To be considered for grant funding, and in addition to the criteria outlined above, your organisation:
Was in a stable financial position prior to COVID-19
By this we mean that, if the pandemic had not struck, your organisation could have carried on delivering activities as normal, and there would have been no financial concerns or irregularities, i.e. in a position to pay debts, and not subject to insolvency proceedings.
Is not able to implement the changes needed as part of its recovery plan without additional funding
We want the funding to reach those organisations most in need of financial support. Part of our assessment process is understanding your financial position: we need to know about any restricted, ring-fenced or designated funds you are holding, and why these can’t be used to support your recovery plan (for example: conditions of a grant, necessary amount to meet redundancy payments, or if your organisation has set aside any amounts for essential future spending). We also need to know about any unrestricted reserves and/or cash you currently hold, and any plans you may have for them.
We do not expect you to use your reserves in a way that adversely affects the long term sustainability or viability of earlier plans. However, if you have cash in the bank that you can invest in your recovery plan (i.e. cash that is not otherwise restricted or designated), we would expect you to do so. For example, if a community hall secured funding prior to the pandemic to carry out a refurbish of the building, and therefore their reserves looked unusually high, we would need to know how much of that money is designated for that particular purpose.
Complies with State Aid if activity/investment linked to trading activities
State Aid is a European Commission term that refers to forms of assistance from a public body, or publicly-funded body, given to undertakings on a discretionary basis, with the potential to distort competition and affect trade between member states of the European Union. The Scottish Government, and all other public bodies (including bodies administering public funds), are required to ensure that they provide funding in adherence with the State Aid rules and must consider applications in order to establish whether a measure constitutes State Aid.
If you are offered an Adapt and Thrive grant, you will be asked to confirm (through acceptance of the grant terms and conditions) that, when added to previous awards, the grant will not exceed the relevant threshold. Details of the relevant thresholds will be provided to help you check this.
Priority will be given to organisations that fit within one or both of the following categories:
- Organisations operating in areas or with individuals who have suffered disproportionately from the effects of COVID-19, and where ongoing support is needed to ensure they are part of and benefit from the recovery efforts. For example, areas of relative deprivation, individuals experiencing isolation or those who have been pushed into crisis due to the pandemic. Your online form must clearly evidence how your organisation and your recovery efforts will support those disproportionately affected.
- Organisations working with people who have protected characteristics or the most vulnerable. For example, those who were recommended to shield, are furthest away from the job market or encountering barriers due to physical/mental health. Your online form must clearly demonstrate how your services and activities support these people.
All organisations eligible for the programme can apply for an interest free loan to meet the aims of the Adapt and Thrive programme. Assessment of applications will primarily be based on an organisation’s ability to service debt.
Loan awards of £25,000 – £250,000 can be offered and are accessed using the online Adapt and Thrive Programme form. Further details on loan terms.