Build Back a Better Borders Recovery Fund

The Build Back a Better Borders (BBBB) Recovery Fund is now open.  Please read the information and FAQs before downloading the application form and guidance notes.

About the BBBB Recovery Fund

The one off £500k fund has been established as part of our response and recovery efforts relating to COVID-19. The intention is to provide support for new initiatives, projects or events that will '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. It will also be able to provide support to events and projects that recognise the significant contribution made by individuals and groups throughout the pandemic by way of increased volunteer activity and service to their communities.

The fund will be available for one off new initiatives and projects. It will be 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 is in acknowledgement of recent research findings that show that areas with a higher percentage of residents in need are known to have been 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 will be undertaken by our Communities and Partnership Team. Applications and assessments will then be presented to the relevant Area Partnership for decision making.

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

Applications must be for new initiatives and projects that aim to support the region's recovery from the pandemic. These should be accessible to all within the community and be provided free of charge. Your project or initiative will also need to demonstrate how it will meet 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, contact our Communities and Partnerships Team.

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