Covid-19 Funding

Scottish Borders Council Community Fund 2020-21

The Community Fund provides support to voluntary and community groups that are active within their communities, and assistance to communities or interest groups with the development of community based projects.

Only electronic applications can be accepted at this time whilst we are working under COVID-19 restrictions. Postal applications can not be accepted and we are not sending out paper copies of the information. These restrictions will be removed when operations return to normal following the listing of restrictions.

For more information, including how to apply, can be found on the council website.

Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme

The Scottish Government has launched its new Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme

It replaces the Supporting Communities Fund and the Third Sector Resilience Fund which are both now closed. 

The new programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery.


Connecting Scotland Phase 2

Connecting Scotland has  launched a second phase, which aims to reach around 22,000 households with pre-school age children, and young care leavers on low incomes.

The first phase of the programme was delivered by SCVO, local authorities and partners including local third sector organisations.

It saw £5 million worth of devices, data, skills training and technical support reach 9,000 people on low incomes who were without an internet connection and shielding from COVID-19.

Phase 2’s initial application deadline date is the 5th October and SCVO will assess applications with decisions communicated by 2nd November 2020.

Scottish Borders Council is keen to work with partners and other third sector organisations to provide a locally co-ordinated approach to the digital champion offered to families and young people, building upon existing supportive relationships.

Please email if this is of interest to your organisation.


National Lottery Community Fund update


The current funding programmes will remain open for an extra 18-24 months – however, they will adapted as needed. It is hoped that remaining open for applications means it can better support the sector through COVID-19. Some of the grants and funding will remain unchanged, and others will be adapted to be more focused on COVID-19 recovery, with shorter grants and quicker turnaround. Find out more by clicking the links below

  • National Lottery Awards for All and Young Start funds will remain open and unchanged.
  • Improving Lives grants remain open, but will be shorter, quicker to access, and will fund a wider range of work focused on recovery from COVID-19. From October 1 2020 the maximum Improving Lives grant will be £200k for up to three years.
  • Community-Led Activity grants remain open. They are being reviewed now to make sure they are relevant to the current situation, and will make any changes before the end of 2020.

Although COVID-19 responses are being prioritised across all funds they are still open for non-COVID-19 related work too.