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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Investing in Communities Fund: March 2020 update

An update regarding the Investing in Communities Fund and support available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

18 Mar 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Investing in Communities Fund: March 2020 update

We understand you may need to delay some of the work you plan to do, be experiencing increasing demand for your services, be receiving requests to support other groups, or be re-focusing and changing some of your activities to fit with emerging community need for people at risk or impacted by Covid-19, such as preparing hot food, supporting people who are self-isolating and/or need help with accessing benefits. 

We encourage you to ensure that your organisation’s Management Board/Committee are fully aware of any changes you need to make. 

We want to ensure that we are also agile in supporting you in responding to challenges as they arise. This means we will be taking a flexible approach around changes you need to make in light of emerging situation needs, priorities and timescales on both reporting and delivery, including project costs. For example where staff are already employed and covered by ICF, the fund will continue to cover these costs. 

If elements of your ICF project are delayed such as staff recruitment then we will work with you on this further down the line to adjust or re-profile expenditure and changes to milestones etc taking account of any changes you may need to make to redirect resources to support emerging priorities.  Your project should continue to align with the broad principles of the fund in addressing poverty, inequality and disadvantage beyond this exceptional period.

Your health and wellbeing, and that of your project teams and volunteers is very important during this time. Your Board will be supporting you with the planning of services and activities to make sure precautions are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers. The situation is rapidly changing and we recommend that you keep up to date on the advice and guidance provided by NHS Scotland, your Local Authority and Scottish Government. Scottish Government guidance is updated regularly and includes an onward link to NHS Scotland guidance.

In addition to the action we are taking to support ICF funded projects the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities has announced a major package of support for communities. Details on the funding are being developed with colleagues across the Scottish Government and further information will be shared in the coming days.

Further guidance is available from OSCR at: OSCR - update from the regulator with links to information hub established by SCVO Covid-19 Third Sector Information Hub and SCVO’s new dedicated mailbox for communities to share their experiences and emerging challenges, which will help inform the support needed. 

Please contact us via the ICF mailbox if you have any questions or concerns.