FUNDING: Disability Action – Emergency funding for Disabled People’s Organisations

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now open for applications (8 September 2020).

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[1]. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK.[2]

What work will be supported by the DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund?

The DPO COVID-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local disabled people. We are looking to fund COVID-19 related work in the following broad 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 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.

Who can apply for funding?

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)

Full details: https://www.disabilityaction.org/dpo-covid-19-emergency-fund