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Local registered charities are invited to apply to the Aberdeen COVID-19 Emergency Appeal fund for up to £5000 to deliver much needed support for their service users. The Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust believes that established local charities are best placed to get the funding to those who need it most in these unprecedented times.

How to apply?

Local registered charities operating in Aberdeen and seeking funding from the appeal must complete an online application form. If you are a community group you can't apply directly but may wish to consider partnering up with a registered charity to work together to support local communities. Please note you can only apply for up to £5000.

To qualify for a grant you should be providing support to individuals and communities experiencing hardship arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic and meet the criteria as detailed below. You must provide evidence of need in the eligibility tab on the application form.

Charities must also provide supporting documents to substantiate your eligibility.


The criteria for this round of funding is supporting people to access food and other essentials, for example toiletries, nappies, clothing,energy costs, data and devices to access services on the internet, or small hardship payments.

Priority will be given to charities providing direct support to individuals or groups likely to be at risk, for example:

  • Financially at risk households unable to afford food or other essentials. This may be due to recent changes in financial circumstances resulting from coronavirus, such as loss of employment, or may be due to existing barriers which have been compounded by coronavirus.
  • People from marginalised groups which could include care experienced young people, people with experiences of homelessness,those with problem drug and alcohol use, victims of domestic abuse, refugees,asylum seekers, those with no recourse to public funds at risk of destitution, Gypsy/Traveller Communities, minority ethnic communities and victims of commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution.
  • Households that may be experiencing physical barriers to accessing food and other essentials. This group includes, for example; people who are self-isolating, people who have sensory and physical disabilities, mental health issues and unpaid carers who already face access issues even in normal circumstances.

Closing date

This round of the Hardship Fund will remain open for applications until 11.59pm on 26th August 2020.

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Please note

Due to the large number of applications received in the first rounds we are prioritising applications which provide direct support to individuals and families in Aberdeen. This may be provision of food, nappies, clothing, toiletries, energy costs, equipment for clients, or small hardship payments, you will know best what people in your community need, but we are very unlikely to be able to cover staff costs or overheads.

We are also keen to support particular groups who are at risk and may not be getting support elsewhere, so please highlight in your application if you plan to support Looked After Children, care experienced and vulnerable young adults, at risk or minority communities facing financial difficulties.

We realise that staff and volunteers are vital to all the organisations providing support, and you may need to cover additional hours, equipment for home working or income lost due to the crisis. There are a number of alternative sources of funding available, and support is available from funding officers at ACVO (Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations). ACVO who have put together the most up-to-date funding information.

The following funds may be particularly useful for your organisation.

  • The Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund is keen to receive more applications from Aberdeen City and supports local charities and grassroots organisations to help them respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its impact. This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.
  • The Third Sector Resilience Fund has announced a second phase of funding to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. Currently open.