This fund is currently suspended
We know that communities, families and individuals are facing difficult situations as a result of the ongoing public health emergency. While we are aware that the Scottish Government, other agencies and support networks across Scotland have put in place financial support arrangements for many, our aim is to focus on those, unconsciously, excluded due to circumstances beyond their control, or are slipping through the existing support networks and are experiencing real hardships.
From Friday 17th April until Friday 29th May 2020 we will provide emergency grant relief to those facing acute financial vulnerability due to the ongoing situation.
Grant Fund total: £26,600
- £16,600 – Scottish Government Resilience Fund
- £10,000 – BEMIS Emergency Reserves
We can support people/families who meet the following self-defined criteria:
- Have run out of or will run out of money between 9th April and 15th May
- Not in receipt of funding from other similar programmes
- Are unable to support their family due to delays in universal credit or self-employment support
- Have household member(s) who are showing virus symptoms making it impossible for to go to shops or shop online
- Are individuals and experiencing Covid-19 hardships with no family support, etc
- Any other reason connected to the public health emergency that has material impact of placing the household in acute hardship
We will accept registrations or referrals from trusted partners, agencies and organisations. The referring organisation must be included within the application process. As such we cannot accept independent registrations from the general public without the conduit or referring organisation.
A referring organisation can be a local authority, community organisation or agency, health and social care organisation, local support and care networks or another public body.
We will pay grants of:
- £60 per individual household adult to a maximum of £120.
- £40 per child (under the age of 16) up to a maximum of £200 per family unit.
Households can apply for a maximum of 2 grants between the 17th April and 29th May.
Community organisations supporting families and individuals can apply for 1 grant to cover the period 17th April – 29th May
PLEASE NOTE: If the applicant/grant recipient does not have a bank account in their own name, then we can only pay the referring organisation, for them to distribute the payment. We can not make payments to an individual account not in the name of the applicant.
All payments will be made by BACS payment/bank transfer from BEMIS Scotland to your account.
While BEMIS Scotland must and will account for the delivery of this crisis grant, we will not publish your name or identifiable details.
We understand that this is difficult situation and as such your registration will be treated with absolute confidentiality.
All information provided to us will be kept strictly confidential.
Successful applicants will be contacted (directly or via referral agency) to provide banking details for grant applicants.
As we are all joining efforts to support as many as possible, and in order to ensure the support is delivered to those most in need, we call on referring bodies to consider that they can refer really isolated and excluded individuals and families, as we might consider those already in receipt of support from similar schemes or funding might not eligible for this fund.
This fund is currently suspended