Disabled People’s Organisations COVID-19 Emergency Funding

The Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) COVID-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of local disabled people.

The funding is for work that responds directly to needs arising from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of:

Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives.

Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation, such as 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

A total of £1 million is available for this programme and will be broken down based on the disability population in each of the four nations of the UK.

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available to cover the period of 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2021.

The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

Any DPO in the UK can apply if at least 51% of their governing body or management committee are made up of disabled people and they have a constitution/governing document that shows their organisation is set up to support disabled people and/or advance disabled people’s equality and inclusion.

The deadline for applications is 5 October 2020.

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