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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.

Funding

 

We’re working to support LGBTI groups and organisations in Scotland with over £100k of direct funding.

There are two strands of funding which we will begin distributing in the next few weeks:

You can register your interest in either of these funding opportunities here.

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 a 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 September.

So far we have received an expression of interest from almost 50 LGBTI groups. We have also held zoom or phone conversations to assess the needs of 48 LGBTI groups so far. We’ve supported 7 applications for funding, delivered one-2-one training for 12 groups and continue to support pride organisers around the country with contingency planning.

Training for LGBTI Groups

We have held four online training events so far and will announce more in the coming weeks.