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Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) COVID-19 Emergency Fund – United Kingdom

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) COVID-19 Emergency Fund – United Kingdom


Deadline: 5-Oct-20

The Disability Action is accepting applications for the Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

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The £1.5m National Emergencies Trust (NET) funding will support grassroots DPOs across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding, to respond to the COVID-19 needs of Disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK.

Funding Information

The minimum you can apply for is £1,000 and the maximum is £25,000.
The funding period is 8 months from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021 – all grant income and funding activity will be expected to have been spent and completed by then.
The DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local disabled people. They are looking to fund COVID-19 related work in the following broad three areas:

View and receiving grant information
Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: COVID-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield
Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks
Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues
Some examples of work that could be funded:

A DPO wanting funding to produce local COVID-19 related information in Easy Read, British Sign Language and community languages
A DPO wanting to expand its information and advice service to deal with COVID-19 related issues by increasing casework capacity or opening hours
A DPO wanting to set up a local group of Disabled residents to try and make sure the needs of local disabled people are understood and addressed in local COVID-19 recovery planning
A DPO wanting funding to cover the staffing, venue and running costs of setting up a peer support network or befriending service
The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

Eligibility Criteria

Deadline Free Grants
Any DPO in the UK can apply if a majority of your governing body (greater than 51%) or management committee are made up of Disabled people and you have a constitution (you do not need to be a registered charity).
For more information, visit https://www.disabilityaction.org/dpo-covid-19-emergency-fund

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