Cyber Resilience and Cyber Essentials Grants

SCVO are working with the Scottish Government to help voluntary sector organisations to improve their cyber resilience. A key step in improving cyber resilience is achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation. So we have been running a grants scheme to support organisations to achieve cyber essentials.

Our fourth round of cyber grants has now closed.

This fund was open to Scottish voluntary sector organisations who wish to obtain Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. If you made an application to this funding round, we will be in touch by mid-September with an update on your application.

What is Cyber Essentials and why should I have it?

The Cyber Essentials Scheme is a Government backed standard in cyber security enabling businesses to demonstrate that they have taken action to protect themselves against the most common cyber risks.

Scottish Government support for cyber resilience

The Scottish Government has produced advice and guidance for voluntary sector organisations as part of their Third Sector Action Plan. Through this plan, the Scottish Government aims to:

  • make it easier for individuals and businesses to access advice and support to prevent cyber-attacks
  • make sure there are robust systems of response are in place when cyber-attacks succeed

The National Cyber Security Centre has produced the following resources to help charities

  1. Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide (PDF Download)
    How to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost.
  2. Cyber Threat Assessment: UK Charity Sector
    A 2019 report into the threat faced by the UK charity sector.
  3. Five Key Questions for your Board agenda
    Key questions to help develop a constructive engagement with your board on cyber security. Boards new to this issue may want to break this discussion into several chunks.

If you are interested in becoming more cyber resilient and want to discuss this with the SCVO Digital team, please contact us at

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