Help for Event Organisers and Community Groups

In Rural Communities that rely heavily on a series of Events and Tourism to sustain the future of such events and the resulting boost to the local economy. The Corona Virus is no doubt having a major impact with loss of potential earnings.

Help is gradually appearing on small grant aid to 3rd sector (Not for profit) Charity type organisations.

Smart Village partner GrowBiz, is logging such options which are shared below. Some are National and some apply to specific areas. Thanks to Susan Smith at GrowBiz for this information

Applications now open for Third Sector Resilience Fund

Today we are announcing a new £20 million fund to support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to the disruption caused by Coronavirus. The fund will distribute £20m of emergency funds over the coming months. The Third Sector Resilience Fund is delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra Foundation and is part of a £350 million support package announced by the Scottish Government for the sector. The Fund will support charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and other third sector organisations that already deliver vital services in communities but that find themselves in financial difficulties directly because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help these organisations to stabilise and manage cashflows over this difficult period.

What you need to know: 

  • The fund is open to charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises from, 25th March 2020. 

  • Grants available between £5,000 - £100,000. In addition, there is up to a further £5 million available in fully flexible, 0% interest interest loans starting at £50,000. 

  • For more information and to apply, visit SCVO's Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub

Other COVID-19 Funding Support  The Third Sector Resilience Fund is part of a range of support available to third sector organisations.  Other potential sources of funding support include: Government: 

  • The UK Government has announced a range of measure, including reimbursing 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. 

  • The Scottish Government has launched a £1billion Business Support Fund, as part of a range or measures - visit the Scottish Enterprise business support finder to find out more. 


  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme can provide facilities of up to £5 million for UK smaller businesses who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues. Available through accredited lenders including RBS, Barclays and Natwest. 

Trusts, Foundations and Third Sector Funds:  Open now:

  • Many funders are offering additional flexibility with their existing grantees. If you have not already heard from them, check their website or get in touch with them directly to discuss. 

Details to be Announced: 

  • National Emergencies Trust - A National Coronavirus appeal has been launched to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations. In Scotland, funds will be distributed by Foundation Scotland. 

  • Wellbeing Fund - A £50 million Wellbeing Fund will provide support to third sector partners. 

  • Supporting Communities Fund - A 40 million fund will support community efforts at local level 

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Charities Aid Foundation have launched a rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

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Coronavirus Business Support Fund: Stirling businesses can now apply for cash grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 as part of a new Coronavirus support fund.

These grants are for all small firms receiving the small business bonus or rural relief, and for leisure, hospitality and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000. All eligible businesses will be paid within 10 days of application. To apply please complete the online form

A support hotline (01786 498496) and webpage offering business advice has been launched to support Stirling businesses and organisations during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of ongoing efforts to support businesses and workers during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Stirling Council has also created a central point for any employers requiring additional staff. This free resource is open to any employer looking to recruit as increasing and changing demands affect key sectors and will be welcomed by those who have lost jobs as a result of the disruption.

Employers are encouraged to email detailsAll jobs will be listed at Invest in Stirling and we will endeavour to upload details as soon as possible after receipt.

Stirling Council and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) have created a web page, offering community groups, individuals and businesses the opportunity to support those most in need during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The site will allow communities groups and individuals to register their interest and help the local authority to co-ordinate the influx of support offers coming in from across the Stirling area.

Fishing Permits: The Fisheries service has temporarily closed to comply with government advice. More information will be available before the end of the week commencing 30 March.

All Stirling Council cultural facilities including libraries, mobile libraries and community centres and venues have closed. Borrowers with overdue library books, loans have been extended. 

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