Four LGBT+ organisations in Scotland are to receive support from a fund designed to help them respond to increased demands due to COVID-19.

Equality Network, LEAP Sports, Saltire Thistle FC and Outspoken Arts were announced as the groups to receive funding through the National Emergencies Trust and LGBT Consortium, sharing over £28,000.

A total of £350,000 was available to groups across the UK to support them dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBT+ community.

Equality Network will receive £11,744 for a Community Development Officer post; LEAP Sports will receive £10,000 towards a key staff post; Outspoken Arts are set to receive £4,800 for creative skills workshops; and, Saltire Thistle will use £2,000 to increase weekly training sessions and the purchase of equipment.

Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, said:

“This year has been incredibly difficult for many people, and the LGBT+ community has been heavily impacted. LGBT+ Consortium is doing incredible work to respond, at speed, to the huge surge in need created by the pandemic. We’re delighted to be able to further their efforts with funding from the Coronavirus Appeal, to ensure that as many people as possible from the community receive the vital support they need.”

Paul Roberts OBE, Chief Executive at LGBT Consortium, said:

“The global pandemic has had seriously profound effects on both LGBT+ individuals in need of support, and those organisations who provide lifeline services. I am delighted that National Emergencies Trust has entrusted Consortium with these funds so we can get them to where they are desperately needed. We know this is just a drop in the ocean in terms of LGBT+ sector need, but these funds are already being put to good use to help organisations build their resilience and to be able to continue offering their services. A huge thank you to all grant recipients for their fantastic work.”

A full list of all UK recipients is available here.

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