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Support for LGBTI Groups during COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 crisis emerged we’ve been working to continue our capacity building support for LGBTI groups around Scotland.

In the first instance we set up a facebook group for LGBTI groups to join, share good practice and network. If you run an LGBTI group in Scotland please consider joining, the group can be found here.

We held the first of our new LGBTI Groups Virtual Roundtable’s on Thursday 25th June at 6.30pm. It’s was opportunity for LGBTI groups, inc. pride organisers, staff networks, social and support groups, organisations and sports clubs, to come together to discuss the challenges faced during this crisis and to agree collective steps we can take to support our communities. We were pleased to be joined by Christina McKelvie MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Older People and Equalities who shared what the government is doing to support LGBTI people during COVID-19 and to listen to the views of LGBTI groups.

With the support of the Scottish Government COVID Recovery Fund and the Consortium LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund we have now been able to recruit a Community Development Officer which will increase our capacity to support LGBTI groups and organisations during the pandemic. 


We’re pleased to announce the LGBTI Recovery Fund, £20,000 to support LGBTI groups during their recovery from COVID-19. More information on the fund can be found here.


We have been working to support LGBTI groups and organisations in Scotland and have already distributed over £120k of direct funding through two funding streams:

Both these funding streams have now closed for applications. We’re pleased to say over £50k in direct funding has now been distributed to LGBTI groups in Scotland through the Supporting LGBTI Communities Fund, and £64,000 went directly to LGBTI groups in Scotland from the LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund.

Zoom Pro

To help reduce social isolation we have secured funding from the Scottish Government Covid-19 Relief Fund to provide free Zoom Pro accounts, for an initial  period of 4 months, along with training, to a number of LGBTI groups. If your group/sports club/organisation would like a free zoom account please get in touch. We’re delighted to announced that thanks to continued support from the Scottish Government we will be extending the free Zoom Pro accounts until the end of 2020.

So far we have received an expression of interest from almost 80 LGBTI groups. We have also held zoom or phone conversations to assess the needs of 62 LGBTI groups so far. We’ve supported 26 applications for funding, delivered one-2-one training for 24 groups and continue to support pride organisers around the country with contingency planning.

Training for LGBTI Groups

We have run a number of training events, including. 

Please visit our Outsavvy page to register or find out more about future events.

If your organisation or group has specific training or capacity needs you would like to discuss, please get in touch.