Build Back a Better Borders Recovery Fund

The Build Back a Better Borders (BBBB) Recovery Fund closed on 31 May 2022.  Thank you to all groups that applied for funding across the five localities. 

For further information on awards that were made in each locality, please see the relevant locality webpages.

About the BBBB Recovery Fund

The one off £500k fund was established as part of our response and recovery efforts relating to COVID-19. The intention was to provide support for new initiatives, projects or events that would 're-boot' or 'kick start' activities relating to sport, culture, volunteering or tackling environment and climate change issues with the overall aim of strengthening community capacity, resilience and engagement. The fund was also able to provide support to events and projects that recognised the significant contribution made by individuals and groups throughout the pandemic by way of increased volunteer activity and service to their communities.

The fund was available for one-off new initiatives and projects. It was divided between the five localities of Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale and Tweeddale on the basis of an 80%/20% split of population and the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. This was in acknowledgement of recent research findings that showed that areas with a higher percentage of residents in need were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The risk of falling into poverty and extreme poverty is considerably higher for those who are already vulnerable.

Coordination of the fund and assessment of applications was undertaken by our Communities and Partnership Team. Applications and assessments were then presented to the relevant Area Partnership for decision making.

The fund was open from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2022 and was available to both constituted groups (maximum £15k) and unconstituted groups (maximum £5k, with payment through an umbrella body). A Fast Track process was also available for applications of up to £1.5k. Funding was allocated on a one-off basis only.

Applications had to be for new initiatives and projects that aimed to support the region's recovery from the pandemic. Projects had to be accessible to all within the community, be provided free of charge and demonstrate how they met at least one of the following outcomes:

  • improved access to sport
  • improved access to arts and culture
  • increased volunteering capacity
  • improved or enhanced community capacity, resilience and engagement
  • support for local environment enhanced in a sustainable way
  • greater intergenerational work

If you would like to know more about the Build Back a Better Borders Recovery Fund, please contact our Communities and Partnerships Team.

We like to hear about success stories. If your BBBB application was successful, please send us your community group photos for our Flickr page.