Monthly Round-Up – May 2020

Social Enterprise Reset Week – #SocEntReset – as many of you know this event, earlier this month, hosted by Senscot and Social Firms Scotland, comprised of over 25 zoom discussions with the focus on the following:

  1. The challenges that social enterprises are experiencing at present
  2. How social enterprises are responding – collaboration and partnership working very much at the fore.
  3. What social enterprises need to resume and ultimately thrive after Covid

The week-long event was praised by Cabinet Secretary, Aileen Campbell in this message and a follow up tweet. Findings from all the sessions are being gathered into a report that will be shared with Scottish Govt and other key stakeholders. We will forward it to you as soon as its available.


Creative Scotland have a new programme for creative organisations to adapt their programming and content to the digital landscape,during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Digital Pivot initiative will offer one-to-one, tailored support to move programming, content and audience engagement strategies online.

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme has been launched. The Scheme will enable small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay.

The National Lottery – all their funding programmes are still open however over the next six months they are prioritising applications that are COVID-19 related – click here for funds up to £10K and here for over £10K

Corra Foundation are heavily involved in distributing small Resilience Fund grants however their own Henry Duncan grant is still open. The theme of the fund for 2020 is “enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty.”

Foundation Scotland are working in partnership with The National Emergencies Trust to deliver the Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund which provides funding to third sector organisations that are responding to and impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition a wide range of other funds are available on their website.

John Watson’s Trust award grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21, who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged. Grants are awarded to individuals or organisations working with eligible children or young people. Click here to apply

Local Support

VSGWL COVID-19 Third Sector Support Fund opened yesterday to provide small short term grants for local grassroots organisations and groups. Awards will be between £600 and £2,400. Click here for guidance notes and here for applications. Closing date is Friday 5th June at 5pm. WLSEN are working in partnership with VSGWL to assist in administering the grant

WLSEN Support Resource -Remember you can now apply to us to access short term focused support from Community Enterprise – contact Diane by email or on 07889 720171.


Scottish Government COVID 19 guidance here and the new guidance published for retailers and manufacturers can be viewed here –

Coronavirus (COVID-19): manufacturing sector guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): retail sector guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for customers

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer work places statement – Joint statement by the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Health and Safety Executive and local authorities on safe workplaces

A Selection of Webinars

WCVA CgGc – 2nd June – Tips and Tools for Evaluation in Difficult times

The Charity Excellence Framework – 3rd June – Using the Charity Excellence Framework

Measuring the Good Learning Labs – 4th June – Measuring wellbeing

NCVO – 11th June – Making decisions in tough times

Measuring the Good Learning Labs – 11th June – Impact management in the current climate

Measuring the Good Learning Labs – 25th June – Focus groups

Business Gateway – Webinar list click here.

Collaborative Working

We believe that partnership working between third sector organisations is more important than ever. For guidance on this check out P4P’s Collaboration during a Crisis guide.


Local Voluntary Sector Gateway Resource Hub

Specific Senscot Covid-19 Resources

NationalSCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information HUB