Funding is available to support organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for the latest funds, and for additional funding-related support please email our Third Sector Development Officer, Edward Fitsell -  


Communities Recovery Fund

Part of a two strand programme, this fund supports charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, to deliver services that were suspended or reduced because of Covid-19, or the creation of new services to tackle the crisis.  

Partnership working is encouraged to enable ineligible organisations to access this funding where their activities meet the fund criteria. 

Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund

Foundation Scotland is administering the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund to support local charities and grassroots organisations across Scotland as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding is provided through the National Emergencies Trust. £1k - £5k available. 

National Lottery Community Fund – Up to 10K

The National Lottery is offering grants of up to £10K, where COVID-19 projects are given priority.  This is available to organisations who support people who are at high risk from COVID-19 or who are likely to face challenges as result of COVID-19, and organisations who work with communities in response to COVID-19.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

This fund is designed to support creative freelancers working in the arts, creative and screen sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will reopen on 10 November 2020 at 12noon.

Alpkit Foundation

The Alpkit Foundation exists to help people 'Go Nice Places Do Good Things'.  The foundation is prioritising its funds for Covid-19 related projects.  They are supporting community responses delivered by grass-root individuals and organisations.  Funds can be used to help the vulnerable and elderly, minimising or preventing isolation from lockdowns, food delivery, and overcoming barriers related to outdoor activities. 

Other National Independent Funds


British Red Cross Hardship Fund

Moray Council, in partnership with the British Red Cross, is supporting the most financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  The British Red Cross' hardship fund provides short term financial help for people who cannot afford essentials such as: food and toiletries, a safe place to sleep, access to a telephone or internet, fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm.  


To receive help from the MAM team and be considered for the British Red Cross Hardship Fund please telephone 0300 123 4563

tsiMORAY Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund 

Charities and constituted community groups can apply for up to £750 with the new tsiMORAY Response, Resilience and Recovery Fund.  The fund helps organisations support those living with poor, interrupted or impaired access to food, shelter, and necessary amenities.  

Money spent should achieve one or more of the following:

  • The provision of emergency provisions/cash/vouchers 

  • Advice services 

  • Peer Support Models

  • Community-led action

Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund awards cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship.

This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding, or other essentials.


Please note, available funds are limited and all applications will be evaluated against evidence of a family’s financial status.

Moray Emergency Relief Fund

A fund has been launched to provide financial relief to people in the Moray Council area suffering severe hardship, illness or poverty as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.  The fund is a registered charity, and will depend on donations by organisations, businesses and individuals for its initial funding due to COVID-19 restriction on fundraising activities. 

Supporting Communities Fund 

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have distributed the Scottish Government's Supporting Communities Fund to all communities across Moray in response to COVID-19.  This support can be accessed by your local COVID response group, community group, or community council.  Contact can also be made directly by phone at 07399031253, or via email below.

Self-Isolation Grants

The Moray Council is administering Scottish Government grants of £500 to individuals who are on low-income benefits and who will experience reduced earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate by Test and Protect Scotland.  Applications for the Covid-19 Self-Isolation Grant (SIG) can be made at any point during the individual’s 14 calendar day period of self-isolation.  

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