Cyber Resilience and Cyber Essentials Grants 

Call for Applications – September 2017

Getting your organisation more Cyber Resilient

Is your organisation talking about cyber resilience?  Do you know what it is and what it means for you?

Being “cyber resilient” is both the prevention of cyber breaches and also making sure that if a breach occurs that you are able to respond without losing business continuity. A cyber breach isn’t necessarily a ‘hack’, but it is any incident in which data is lost or stolen, including; accidental loss or theft of hardware, social engineering or phishing. The types of data could include financial data, security data or personal data – such as your customer’s contact details.’

Kyle Usher, Digital Change Manager, SCVO

With 40% of charities rating their skills in cyber security as ‘low’ or ‘very low’ we’re aware that third sector organisations often lack the knowledge to assess and discuss cyber threats properly.  Additionally, for many Scottish charities cyber resilience is not discussed at a senior level or featured on organisational risk registers.

We are working with Scottish charities to achieve the following aims:

  1. To build commitment from third sector leaders to assess and improve their cyber resilience. 
  2. To test the ability of third sector organisations to achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation through a small scale ‘grants’ programme of up to £1500 to help cover the application and IT support costs needed to achieve accreditation.

Find out more about Cyber Essentials and why you should have it. Apply for SCVO Cyber Essential Grants by completing this application form.

To speak to the team about the SCVO Cyber Essential Grants, please email [email protected] in the first instance.

SCVO Cyber Essential Grants qualifying criteria:

  • SCVO Cyber Essentials Grants are available to registered Scottish charities with either their own internal IT support staff or with a contracted IT supplier.
  • The maximum annual income threshold to receive our Cyber Essentials Grants is £4 million.
  • It is the responsibility of the qualifying organisation to contact and contract a supplier to carry out the accreditation.
  • SCVO Cyber Essential Grants will be prioritised for organisations who can demonstrate how achieving the grant will benefit their organisation and their service users.
  • Grants will be between £500 and £1500 based on the requirements outlined in the application process.
  • SCVO have limited funds available and cannot guarantee all applications will be successful.
  • SCVO Cyber Essential Grants - Round 1:
    Opening 21st September at 9am
    Closing 20th October at 5pm
  • SCVO will inform all applicants of their application status by email within 2 weeks of the closing deadline. Further rounds will be opened at a later date if grant funding is still available.

If you do not fit within these criteria but are still interested in becoming more cyber resilient, please contact us at [email protected]

Apply now