If you are considering how best to restart face to face fundraising as lockdown eases see our guide.
Talking to your funders
Before applying for new funding, you might want to speak to your existing funders as many are flexing grants to support current projects by relaxing targets, timescales and restrictions on funds.
If you are an existing grantee and are yet to hear from your funder, you should reach out to them. They will be understanding and will want to ensure you can continue to access help when needed.
Each funder will be slightly different and have different requirements in terms of reporting and what you can use the grant for so it is important that you talk to them about your needs. It may be helpful to talk to them about your business continuity plan, and how you intend to adapt your usual ways of working to achieve impact despite the external restrictions.
The Scottish Government have also issued a supplier relief policy note, providing guidance to public bodies on options for payment to their suppliers, which will include third sector organisations with contracts.
Funders have been quick to issue statements that outline the range of actions they are taking to support those they currently fund. Although the situation changes from day-to-day, the message from funders is clear; their doors are open to assist grantees as much as possible. They are there for you to discuss your concerns and to help deal with any challenges.
For detail of the statements made by funders, and the most up to date information shared by them, see the following pages:
- Agnes Hunter Trust
- Bank of Scotland Foundation
- Buttle UK
- Comic Relief
- Corra Foundation
- Creative Scotland
- Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- ESF and ERDF
- Foundation Scotland
- Gannochy Trust
- Garfield Weston Foundation
- Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation
- Health & Social Care Alliance ScotlandHeritage Lottery Fund
- Impact Funding Partners
- Inspiring Scotland
- London Funders
- National Lottery Community Fund
- National Lottery Heritage Fund
- The Robertson Trust
- Shared Care Scotland
- Social Investment Scotland
- STV Appeal
- William Grant Foundation