Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are able to apply for a share of a new £1.5 million emergency fund to help them respond to the COVID-19-related needs of disabled people.
The Disabled People's Organisations COVID-19 Emergency Fund has been set up by the National Emergency Trust (NET) and will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. In the Midlands, the local partner is Birmingham Disability Resource Centre. The Midlands has been allocated £174,000 of the overall fund to distribute amongst grassroot DPOs, in one or more of the following three areas:
- 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 so people can access online 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
Grants of between £1,000 to £25,000 are available with the funding period being eight months, from 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021.
Any DPO in the UK can apply for funding if at least 51% of their governing body or management committee is made up of disabled people and they have a constitution/governing document (you do not need to be a registered charity) that shows their organisation is set up to support disabled people and/or advance disabled people’s equality and inclusion.
Furthermore, organisations must be fit for funding. This means having good governance, appropriate financial management policies and processes in place and appropriate standards of safeguarding for staff, volunteers and those using their support or services.
The closing date for applications is Monday 5 October 2020 and all grants will be awarded by Friday 30 October 2020.
Find out more
The application process is a simple online form with five sections, including a section on the project organisations are applying to fund and the planned finances related to it. To access the application portal, please click here.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Midlands DPO partner Birmingham Disability Resource Centre, by emailing Steve Moralee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Neha Parmar at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can call 07929 203 183.