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Affected by COVID-19?

This section is dedicated to providing our community with relevant information about support for anyone affected by COVID-19. We have gathered contact details below, along with guidelines in dealing with this pandemic, and information about funding available to organisations:

Useful Contact Details

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NHS Helpline

0800 028 2816

A free helpline can give advice if you do not have symptoms, but are looking for general advice- and you can also review symptoms via NHS Inform.

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If you run a business you can get advice by calling the helpline above.  It is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Select option 1 to speak to the COVID-19 team. You also view the website for more information.


Highland Council

0300 303 1362

This will connect callers to relevant specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm. You also view the website for more information.


If you are looking for information regarding support during this global epidemic, we have gathered various links to assist our community through the array of information. Below are links to various on how to deal with COVID-19, and what support is available for those in need:

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Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Guidelines from the UK Government what you need to do

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Community Trust Fund

The Tain & District Development Trust set up a programme to provide grants of up to £500 for small initiatives in the education; conservation and community service and support sectors in the Tain & District (Ward 7) area.

A welcome partner in this has been Glenmorangie Distillery- who have committed financial support to the grant program.  Given the current crisis, and for the foreseeable future, applicants for this TDDT Community Support Programme must be able to demonstrate that their project has been established as a direct result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

Basic Eligibility:

  • Applicants for the Community Support Programme must be able to demonstrate that their project has been established as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • They must show that their project meets a “genuine and urgent community need”, and that the project carries no financial benefits for private individuals within the community.

  • The Community Support Programme will not support applications for statutory organisations, individuals or projects out with the Ward 7 area.

Full copies of the Guidance notes and an Application form are attached below.


Looking for Funding?

Discover some of the programs and initiatives to help support your organisation through this challenging period:

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National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust has set up a COVID-19 Appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. Funds are being sought from members of the public, corporate donors, charitable trusts, community fundraising, and existing and new government funding programmes.

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Wellbeing Fund

£48m will be provided for a "Wellbeing Fund" to provide support to the third sector partners in the main – but others also – who will require additional capacity to deal with, [for example self-isolation, distancing, vulnerability, fuel poverty, or those at risk of or experiencing homelessness].

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Supporting Communities Fund

A £40 million Supporting Communities Fund will be used to support the rapidly growing and inspiring community efforts at a local level which will be vital to national resilience, including supporting people at risk because of age, isolation, carers, homeless people and asylum seekers and signposting people to sources of help such as applying for benefits

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Third Sector Resilience Fund

This will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services during this difficult period. The Fund will support registered charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises that already deliver vital services in communities but that find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the pandemic.

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Supporting Community Resilience

This fund available to support community resilience efforts related to COVID-19, in which a group has identified an opportunity to offer an essential service to vulnerable people. This is open to all groups within a local area – both constituted and non-constituted.

For more information or assistance, get in touch with our team by clicking the button below: