#ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund

#ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund has re-opened and will operate on a rolling basis closing once all funds have been allocated. 

The #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund will help grassroots organisations in Scotland to support vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, including coping with the impacts of Coronavirus.

The Fund will support projects that are community and people led – organisations can include project and core costs. You can also include costs associated with adapting your working practises to public health guidelines for Coronavirus such as professional cleaning services and buying PPE equipment.

The Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 and is open to charities and voluntary organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

The work to be supported needs to fit with one of the following four strategic themes:

Children Survive & Thrive
early years development for children facing disadvantage, for work with children aged 0-5 years only.

Gender Justice
contributing to gender equality by reducing violence and discrimination based on gender and sexuality.

A Safe Place to Be
supporting people who have experienced homelessness or have been forced from their homes to live safely.

Mental Health Matters
improving mental health provision and tackling stigma around mental health.

Criteria and Guidelines – ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund

Question and Answer – #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund

The fund is delivered by Corra Foundation working as an intermediary partner with Comic Relief in Scotland and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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To help you complete your application, we have produced the following short videos on key aspects of the application process.


Finance and Governance

#ShiftThePower Scotland Round 1 Grant Holders

103 community groups and charities across Scotland received grants totalling £703,000 in the first round of #ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme.  You can read more about the organisations receiving funding  here or have a look at the interactive map below.

Awards were made across 28 local authority areas.

Funding decisions were made through assessment and by a panel comprised of people with lived experience of the four Comic Relief themes – Mental Health Matters, A Safe Place to Be, Gender Justice, and Children Survive and Thrive.

Community Led Grant Making

As part of our Comic Relief ShiftThePower programme we are working alongside geographic communities and sector groups focussed on the four Comic Relief themes to support local people to design and distribute grant making in ways that are relevant and accessible to their community or the place where they live. We began this work with communities in Dunterlie and Carbrain in 2019 building on the work of our Getting Alongside Communities programme alongside work in Fort William, Borders and Aberdeenshire. You can read more about this work here.

Comic Relief and DCMS

This fund is delivered in partnership with Comic Relief and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Comic Relief spends money raised by its fundraising campaigns, Red Nose Day & Sport Relief

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England and Wales), SC039730 (Scotland).

Get in touch

If you’d like any further information or have any questions, please get in touch with us at shiftthepower@corra.scot or call us on 0131 444 4020. Email is the quickest way to reach us at this time.

You can also email Grant Advisers Jane Rosegrant jane@corra.scot or Julie Aitken julie@corra.scot for a chat about the programme.