Third Sector Community Support Fund 2021/22

A new grant scheme has been created which focuses on building resilience in communities recovering from COVID 19. This fund will address key areas identified through the Community Planning process as the key short and medium term priorities for partners as we move through COVID 19.

The focus of the new grant scheme is primarily around health and wellbeing, with particular emphasis on supporting our most vulnerable communities, those in the  bottom 20% SIMD data zones, and supporting the aims of the Economic Recovery PlanAnti-Poverty Action Plan 2018 - 2023), and the areas for Health and Wellbeing support identified in recent months. This was done through data analysis, partners shared information and confirmed through an online survey of Community organisations and partners. The Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan will also be helpful.

From this work there are three main areas that funding applications will need to address which are listed below, with some examples provided, although these are not exhaustive (also see above documents):

  • income and employment
    • to supporting people into work/into positive destinations
    • young people (attainment/education/ training etc)
    • projects that address poverty related matters
  • physical and mental health and wellbeing
    • addressing long term illness
    • isolation/loneliness
    • general health (prevention)
    • young people or older people
    • people with protected characteristics
    • children and families with disabilities
  • housing and homelessness issues
    • prevention of homelessness
    • youth homelessness
    • sustaining tenancies

Within these three broad headings applicants will be able to apply for new projects as well as ongoing core costs allowing them to continue to support their communities through this time. It is clear that new approaches have and are being developed, more partnership working has taken place and these are likely to have long term implications for our communities and how they are supported.

Applications should not exceed £50,000 per organisation, although consortium bids may apply for more funding and will be considered on the merits of both the additional value for money and on the effect on the overall pot of supporting a larger bid. Applicants will be encouraged to show how this funding will support delivery of a service or projects that utilise other funding brought in by the applicant thereby showing how the contribution of the council helps to deliver that larger service provision. There is no specific percentage for this but it will be part of the decision making process.

Should you wish some support and advice this is available through the Community Planning and Regeneration Team (RegenerationTeam@westlothian.gov.uk).

Completed applications and required documentation should be returned by email to the Community Planning and Regeneration Team at the following email address regenerationteam@westlothian.gov.uk .

The deadline for applications is 12:00pm (noon) of Wednesday, 11th November. No applications will be accepted after this time.

Click here for the Icon for pdf guidance [163.36KB] and Icon for word application form [76.98KB], which can also be be downloaded below.