- 14 Apr 2020
We understand that we are in unsettling and challenging times and the current situation will impact differently on community organisations across Scotland including those supported by the Investing in Communities Fund.
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. You may need to consider pausing your project and furloughing staff if you are unable to deliver the project as you intended.
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.
Please keep in contact with us about any changes you need to make and we will work with you to look at how we can adjust or re-profile expenditure and changes to milestones; and take 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.
We will continue to review the situation and issue guidance to help you in planning and making decisions relating to your ICF project. A list of guidance issued is provided at the end of this note.
The health and well-being of you, 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 on this funding will be shared through the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub. The SCVO hub also includes new dedicated mailbox for communities to share their experiences and emerging challenges, which will help inform the support needed.
Further guidance is available from OSCR at: OSCR - update from the regulator
- FAQ on furloughing and changing activities – issued 10 April 2020 and updated 24 April 2020 (see below)
Supporting Communities Safely
Please contact the ICF mailbox if you have questions or concerns, or if you haven’t received any of the updates noted above.