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Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) Covid-19 Emergency Fund

Fri 11 Sep 2020

No closing date specified

The National Emergency Trust has announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the Covid-19 needs of disabled people. The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK.

What work will the DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund?

The DPO Covid-19 Emergency Fund aims to support DPOs to meet the needs of 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

Who can apply for funding?

Any DPO in the UK can apply if at least 51% of your governing body or management committee are made up of disabled people and you have a constitution/governing document (you do not need to be a registered charity) that shows your organisation is set up to support disabled people and/or advance disabled people’s equality and inclusion.

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.

Please see the attachment below for further guidance.