As the Third Sector Interface for the Falkirk Council area, we're a local, independent charitable company which exists to promote, develop and represent the third sector and volunteering. We provide a range of services predominantly to volunteers and third sector organisations, but also provide support and assistance to statutory partners to engage better with the third sector.

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COVID-19 Funding Focus

This week's e-bulletin will focus primarily on funding available around COVID-19 responses for and from our third sector; many of these are designed as emergency responses, with shorter application forms and funds awarded quickly.

Funding articles can be found under our purple "Organisation Support" header below, or under the teal "Social Enterprise" header. 

For further information on available funding, please visit the COVID-19 Funding page, or continue reading this e-bulletin.

SFRS "Make the Call" Campaign

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) is calling on communities to help stop preventable deaths in house fires, by making a 5 minute phone call.
They are asking people to consider home fire safety when checking in on vulnerable neighbours, patients, friends and family members during lockdown, and to put them in touch with SFRS, with either person contacting the free Home Fire Safety Visit by phone: 0800 0731 999, or texting “fire”: 80800.
Alternatively, you can also complete the
booking form online.
Falkirk’s local SFRS Community Action Team is also available for advice, and can be contacted by email:
For further information, please click on the above title.

FATE COVID-19 Services

In response to COVID-19, Friends at the End (FATE) has been awarded funding to help people to put their end of life care plans in place. 

FATE is based in Glasgow and work with people throughout Scotland. They plan to use this funding to help support more people to document their end-of-life wishes, by assisting with the preparation of Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, and Advance Statements, amongst others. 

These services are already offered to members; FATE also covers associated legal and registration fees for those who otherwise could not afford it. This funding allows them to provide these services to a wider audience.

For further information, please click on the above title.

New Samaritans Self-Help App

Samaritans have launched their new Self-Help app to help people keep track of how they are feeling, and provide recommendations for things they can do to help themselves cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis.
With an account on the app, people can:
  • record their mood every day
  • look for patterns in how they’re feeling
  • make their personal safety plan
  • store images of things that give them hope
For further information, please click on the above title.

FVRC Weekly Online Recovery Schedule Published

Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC) has published their Weekly Online Recovery Programme schedule.
The programme will run throughout the COVID-19 recovery phase, and FVRC hopes it will help provide a message of hope and support.
Activities include daily reflection, Tai Chi, yoga, and weekly quizzes and watch parties.
Please view or download the full schedule from the
CVS Falkirk website.
For further information on how to join the activities, contact the FVRC team by email:

Action Group Wellbeing Response Service

The Action Group has received funding from the Wellbeing Fund to help meet additional problems the people they support are facing due to COVID-19.
The Wellbeing Response service is for families with a disabled child, and adults with additional support needs and their carers.
Support includes:
  • an easy to access wellbeing fund of around £100 per person
  • practical support to pick up essential shopping and goods
  • a free digital device for people who cannot afford to buy them (including coaching on using the devices and being digitally connected) 
  • ongoing emotional support for anyone who needs it 
  • connection to other sources of support
For further information, please view the service flyer, or contact the team by email:

World Hepatitis Day 2020 Materials Launched

The World Hepatitis Alliance has released new campaign materials ahead of World Hepatitis Day 2020, which takes place on Tuesday 28th July.
Materials include a range of posters and social media graphics, which are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. They can also be translated into other languages using the
new customisation tool.
new website has also been launched, along with a webinar on the World Hepatitis Alliance’s plans for virtual events as a result of COVID-19, and how people can get involved or hold their own.
For further information, or to download any of the new materials, please visit the new
World Hepatitis Day website.

Cultivation Street Campaign and Competition

David Domoney’s Cultivation Street campaign has opened for applications to its 7th year.
The campaign has £13,000 of garden vouchers available to community, neighbourhood and school gardens looking to invest in community gardening and revitalise local areas.
Schools, communities, garden centre ambassadors or individuals can register for the campaign, and will receive their digital starter pack and resources, along with a monthly newsletter.
Those who registered in previous years will need to re-register.
For further information, including how to register, please visit the
Cultivation Street page.

COVID-19 Community Responses, Resources and Guidance Page

As a result of the current COVID-19 situation, CVS Falkirk has pulled together different guidance, resources, and amazing efforts by our local communities to support each other, in order to make them as widely available as possible.
This page will be updated regularly with additional resources and guidance as they become available, including:
  • health guidance from the NHS and other trusted sources
  • local support available across the Falkirk areas
  • organisation support, business resilience and HR guidance
  • COVID-19 funding
  • community support
  • Falkirk Council support
  • ways to keep yourself safe during this time 
A statement from our CEO, Jen Kerr, is also available.
For further information (including the full list of resources and community efforts), please visit the
CVS Falkirk website.

CVS Falkirk COVID-19 Funding Page

A number of funds have been announced in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of our
COVID-19 Community Responses, Resources and Guidance page, our team at CVS Falkirk has pulled together a range of funds relevant to our local communities and sector: COVID-19 Funding page.
Please check this page regularly, as new information is being added on an ongoing basis.
For further information on available funding, please visit the
COVID-19 Funding page, or continue reading this e-bulletin.

Free CVS Falkirk Funding Portal

The CVS Falkirk Funding Portal is free and can be used to search for funding available in your area, during COVID-19 and beyond.

The online portal is powered by Grantsonline, the UK’s most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service. Once registered, users will be able to search for a range of different funding opportunities, across local and national organisations.
Once completing your registration information, you should receive an activation email to complete your account; if you do not receive this email with 24 hours, please check your junk folder, or contact our team at the email address below.
To access the portal, please visit the
CVS Falkirk website.

Alternatively, or further information on the portal or funding support in general, contact CVS Falkirk by email:

Connecting Scotland: Last Chance to Apply

Connecting Scotland, a Scottish Government digital access programme set up in response to COVID-19, closes to new applications at 5pm next Sunday 28th June.
The programme provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who are:
Organisations (including third sector groups) are invited to read the Connecting Scotland guidance, and submit device applications for people they support.
For further information, including how to submit an application, please click on the above title.

BBC Children in Need Next Steps Programme: Deadline Approaching

BBC Children in Need (CiN)’s COVID-19 Next Steps programme closes for applications at 12pm TOMORROW, Wednesday 24th June.
The programme is BBC CiN’s response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by COVID-19. Eligible organisations can apply for between £5,000 – £80,000 for work commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months, and are designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.
Current grant-holders can apply, as this fund does not replace or affect any existing funding granted by BBC CiN.
For further information, including application guidance and how to apply, please visit the
BBC CiN COVID-19 funding page.

Independent Age Grants Fund

Independent Age has launched their Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller organisations across the UK support older people most affected by COVID-19. 
£2 million will be released across 4 separate funding rounds, with £500,00 available each round; organisations can apply for grants of up to £15,000, with the next deadline at 9am on Thursday 2nd July.
With the Grants Fund, Independent age aims to reach more people, particularly those who are living in complex and challenging situations, and those in danger of being overlooked.
For further information, including all deadlines and eligibility criteria, please click on the above title.

Aldi Scottish Sport Fund: Open for Central Scotland Applications

The Aldi Scottish Sport Fund is accepting applications from groups in Central Scotland (including Falkirk, Polmont, Stirling and Alloa).
The fund is a community-based sport programme designed to help children take part in sports within their local communities, by giving local groups (who do not have to be registered charities) the opportunity to secure up to £2,500 of funding.
The fund is open in regions where there is currently an Aldi store. If the group operates across different areas, this should be made clear on the application.
The Central Scotland deadline for applications is Monday 20th July.
To apply, or for further information (including
FAQs and eligibility), please visit the fund webpage.

"Movement for Good" Awards Open

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group’s “Movement for Good” awards are open for applications to their £50,000 grant.
The awards are open to eligible registered charities with an income of less than £5 million, which support one of the following causes: the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage.
application guide and eligibility criteria is available.
The deadline for applications is Friday 24th July.
To apply, or for further information, please visit the
Ecclesiastical Insurance Group website.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme has re-opened to applications from registered charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.
The scheme has been revised as a result of COVID-19, and will provide one year grants to cover core costs or essential equipment, enabling ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.
The Foundation’s priority is supporting local charities still active in their communities and currently delivering services. Applicants must show how any grant will make a significant difference to their current work.
Charities can apply for between £1,000 – £10,000; there is no application deadline.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

Charity Bank COVID-19 Funding List

Charity Bank has put together a list of emergency funds for charities, social enterprises and other third sector organisations experiencing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The list is updated regularly, with sections on UK-wide funding as well as those funds specific to each country, and those which are available internationally and regionally.
To view the full list, please visit the
Charity Bank website.

Crowdfunder: All Platforms Free During COVID-19

Crowdfunder has announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the work being done to support people across communities, they have now made all their funding platforms FREE to use.
The free platforms are available for
charities and other third sector organisations (with a dedicated section for foodbanks), businesses (including social enterprises) and communities, and can be used to raise funds to (amongst others):
  • supplement income lost through fundraising events, donations or services
  • increase resources to support people using their services
For further information, please visit the Crowdfunder website.

COVID-19 Falkirk Volunteer Expenses Fund

The COVID-19 Falkirk Volunteer Expenses Fund has been set up to support community groups and voluntary organisations which operate in Falkirk and District, and whose volunteers provide support through community activities during COVID-19. CVS Falkirk will be administering the fund.

Expenses will be reimbursed directly to volunteers in order to reduce organisational time and resources required to administer additional or increased volunteer activity.

All COVID-19-related volunteer-involving groups and organisations are eligible to use the fund. For the full eligibility criteria and details on what can be reimbursed, please view or download the guidance document before registering.

The deadline for registrations is Friday 31st July.

To register, groups and organisations should download and complete the registration form.

For further information, please contact CVS Falkirk by phone: 07872464215, or email:

Towns and BIDs Resilience and Recovery Fund

Scottish Government’s Towns and BIDs Resilience and Recovery Fund supports immediate concerns and actions to help prepare towns, their communities and businesses for the gradual easing of lockdown rules.

Managed by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the fund aims to help resource project delivery, where a recovery strategy for the town has been agreed with the local authority.
The fund is open to constituted groups with suitable governance controls.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24th July.
For further information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please click on the above title.

Al Masaar Wee Steps Sessional Worker Vacancy

Al Masaar is recruiting a sessional worker for their Wee Steps project.
The position is 5 hours per week, with a wage of £10 per hour and a 12 month contract, funded by the Corra Foundation.
The Wee Steps Project supports vulnerable mothers with babies or toddlers, and pregnant mothers. The worker will organise weekly support sessions, and provide development strategies for mothers and their children, amongst others.

Please note that due to the nature of this role, it is reserved for women only, under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 30th June.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

KSC Support Worker Vacancies: June 2020

Kingdom Support and Care (KSC) is currently recruiting support workers, who are classed as key workers during COVID-19.
The position is £9.50 – £9.75 per hour (plus £74.40 per sleepover shift), with various shift patterns, based in Falkirk and the surrounding areas.
Applicants should be upbeat, confident and energetic. The ability to work evenings and weekends is essential; successful candidates will be subject to a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.
Support Workers provide care and support to help people live in their own homes, have as full a life as possible, and be part of their communities.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on Tuesday 30th June.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.
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