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March 24, 2020

Extraordinary measures

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures and in recent days we have witnessed both UK and Scottish Governments stepping up and delivering (to coin a phrase) whatever it takes. Specifically, Scottish Government’s £350m package of support for Scotland’s voluntary and community sector and those in our communities who will be hit hardest, is beginning to work its way through the system. A remarkably quick turnaround from announcement to implementation which deserves a big shout out to the civil servants and others from the sector for making it  happen. This is what we know so far.


Several third sector websites have pages pointing towards sources of help and support. Rather than simply add to this, we would signpost you to the SCVO website which appears to have the most comprehensive and up to date overview of what support is available. See the Third Sector Coronavirus Information Hub

Specifically, the Third Sector Resilience Fund, which has been established to offer support to organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services during this difficult period, opened today – 25th March. See here for details