Disability Action has launched a fund to support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding and to respond to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people. The minimum that can be applied for is £1,000 and the maximum £25,000.
Who can apply?
Any DPO in the UK can apply if a majority of your governing body or management committee (greater than 51%) are made up of disabled people and you have a constitution (although you do not need to be a registered charity).
What are the funding priorities?
To support DPOs to meet the needs of local disabled people for the following three broad areas:
- independent living
- to combat isolation
- assistance with income (such as support to access benefits and entitlements).
What can the grant be used for?
The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as offering a full cost recovery model.
Is there a deadline?
Yes, 5 October 2020.
Further information and support
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. You can find out more and apply through their website here.
If you are a disabled people’s group in Reading and would like support or assistance with this application or your organisation’s governance to get ready to apply, please contact Herjeet at firstname.lastname@example.org.