As we all continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Scottish Golf is here to support clubs in a variety of ways, providing hints and tips to help them make the most of support opportunities available.
The Third Sector Resilience Fund is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.
The fund has been set up to support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of COVID-19.
The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.
A number of golf clubs have already applied to this fund and Lochend Golf Club recently received confirmation of a successful application. We were delighted to be joined by the club’s secretary Stuart McCallum to find out more about how the fund will benefit Lochend.
While Scottish Golf cannot guarantee that all clubs will be successful in applying, we want to provide you with hints and tips to ensure that those applying have the best chance of success.
As Secretary of Lochend Golf Club, Stuart McCallum has played golf his whole life and has been a member at the club for nearly 20 years.
As well as playing golf, Stuart has worked in the charity sector for nearly 35 years and is currently a Fundraising Manager for Tailor Ed Foundation: a local charity based in Leith which supports children with autism. For the past 10 years, Stuart has also been a grant assessor for BBC Children in Need.
We have pulled together a series of short video clips throughout this case study which help to highlight the various key elements of the Third Sector Resilience Fund to Clubs.
In the below video clip, Stuart talks about how the Club became aware of the Third Sector Resilience Fund through the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) here.
After having a look at what was on offer, Stuart then decided the next step was to make an application on behalf of the Golf Club.
In the next part of the interview below, Stuart talks about why Lochend Golf Club required support from the Third Sector Resilience Fund.
Like most Golf Clubs, Lochend’s subscription year runs from April to March each year and so COVID-19 lockdown restrictions happened at an extremely crucial point in the year for the club.
Having just sent out membership renewals, the club were facing cash flow troubles and with a loss of revenue from their usual bar sales and hosting of events.
Stuart talks to Scottish Golf Club Business Manager, Iain Evans about the application process in the next part of the video below.
The Third Sector Resilience Fund application process is available online here.
Stuart’s top tips for Clubs looking to apply are:
Stuart discusses the impact this funding will have on Lochend Golf Club in supporting them through the current challenges posed by COVID-19.
Stuart also discusses the relief on business rates his Club have received from the Scottish Government. More information on this can be found here.
As a professional fundraiser in his day job, Stuart shares his top tips for fellow club officials across Scotland who might be thinking about applying to the Third Sector Resilience Fund.
Stuart has kindly offered to provide his contact details for any fellow clubs who are looking for guidance or would like to find out more.
To get in touch with Stuart, please click here.
To watch the cast study with Lochend Golf Club, please see below.