The Covid19 pandemic has affected the lives of everyone in Scotland.

For the most vulnerable of our communities, this has resulted in additional challenges over and above the effects on the general population. Communities and grassroots groups have been vital in supporting people during this pandemic.

To help address these challenges and support refugee communities, Scottish Refugee Council secured funding generously made available to us from Foundation Scotland and National Emergencies Trust. We were pleased to see a huge number of good quality, creative applications to this fund.

We are delighted to announce that 44 funding applications have been successful.


Baz, a member of the assessment panel, says:

“When it comes to the pandemic, some people forget the heroes among us who works day and night to help others in various ways.Some of the heroes wear white coats, and some do not.

“By being in the evaluation panel, I had a chance to see some of the heroes who do not wear white coats who are trying their best to eliminate the effects of the pandemic by assisting people in need.

“All of the groups are doing magnificent work and it was a tough decision to make.”


Jewels Lang, Community Development Manager at Scottish Refugee Council, says:

“I am delighted with the success of the Covid19 Response fund distribution process, done in a very short time-frame, which has enabled community groups across Scotland to help their communities cope during this difficult time. 44 community groups will be able to deliver much needed support, provisions and technology to thousands of beneficiaries, thanks to Foundation Scotland and the National Emergencies Trust.”


Our Regional Integration Coordinators will be in touch with all successful groups to help promote your work.

Social media – including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – is a great way to get the word out about your project.  For example you could let people know about the funding and when the project will launch, publicise upcoming events or share stories from some of the people you’ve supported. If you have photos you can include that’s even better.

Please use the hashtags:






Please also tag @scotrefcouncil, @FoundationScot and @NatEmergTrust  so we can also share the good news!

Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah