The Community Recovery Fund is for organisations who:
Have 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. You may now be able to work differently or be considering working differently on a more permanent basis or exploring ways redesign and deliver services/activities.. Or simply that Government guidance means that you need to make adjustments to enable your organisation to reopen, operate and deliver your existing services again safely.
Were 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. We know that many new neighbourhood and community groups formed during lockdown working in partnership with existing organisations making an essential contribution to the work to support communities. We would encourage groups to continue to engage and build on those partnerships wherever possible.
Is providing an essential service in the community and /or has a plan (or is planning) to support its community to recover from the impact of COVID – 19.
The programme has been developed to help communities respond to the health and economic impacts arising from the virus. It aims to support organisations, working locally 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 how they deliver their service(s)/activity and respond to what their communities now need.
Reflects the needs of the people 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 allowed to open and operate in line with Government’s guidelines or making plans for how it will when able to
This funding can only be used to support the provision of activity and operations that are allowed under the level of restriction in force and the corresponding Scottish Government guidance at any given time throughout the period of funding. We also want to see that you can be flexible to the moving nature of the current environment and can respond accordingly.
Applications will be accepted for a minimum of £5,000. Single organisations can apply for a maximum of £25,000 and organisation submitting a partnership bid can apply for a maximum £75,000. A partnership bid must clearly demonstrate a distribution of a significant portion of the requested funding to or for the benefit of the partner organisations.
You can apply for funding for a period of up to 8 months from 1 Oct 2020. Applications for higher amounts of funding may be considered on an exceptional basis only where these are proportionate and there is clear justification of the need. For example, increased demand due to level 4 restrictions.
Organisations requiring less than £5,000 may wish to consider an alternative small grants scheme – we’d recommend looking to the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund. Details of other funding schemes are available on the SCVO website. Alternatively you may submit a partnership bid with another eligible organisation.
To be considered for grant funding, and in addition to the criteria outlined above, your organisation should meet the following additional criteria:
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 sufficiently financially stable to deliver the activity being applied for
We want the funding to reach those organisations most in need of financial support. Part of our assessment process is understanding your financial position and that in addition to being financially stable before the start of the pandemic that you have sufficient finance to continue to operate and deliver the activity with the funding being applied for. We will ask you for your bank statements from December 2019, January and February 2020 and your most recent bank statement to help us assess your previous and current financial position.
We do not expect you to use your reserves in a way that adversely affects the long-term sustainability or viability of pre COVID – 19 plans.
Agrees to data sharing with Scottish Government departments, a range of community sector intermediaries and national organisations
The information provided as part of the application process will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The information you provide will be available to and shared with the partners delivering the recovery programme and may be shared with other Government Departments or with other grant- making bodies or agencies as part of the assessment process.
If your application is successful, we will publish details of the financial support provided and in addition use/publish information from the proposal in news releases, case studies, publications, and other publicity materials in hard copy and on the internet.
Data may be used for statistical purposes and by the Scottish Government and/or partnership members for performance monitoring and reporting
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 ‘State Aid rules’ are set out by the European Commission and comprise various articles of the EC Treaty, regulations, frameworks and guidelines, which set out what aid can be given. The European Commission governs member states’ compliance with these rules and must be notified of all schemes involving State Aid. State Aid granted without Commission approval is viewed as unlawful and may be subject to repayment by the aid recipient. Where State Aid is involved, it must be provided under the cover of an exemption; approved scheme, or the de minimis regulation.
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 to establish whether a measure constitutes State Aid.
If your project is involved in economic activity i.e. your project is involved in the provision of goods or services, you must consider whether your project proposal may attract State Aid by applying the 4 test questions.
We will look for the most suitable route to support approved projects to ensure State Aid requirements are met.