Cyber Resilience and Cyber Essentials Grants

With the support of the Scottish Government, SCVO are providing a small grants scheme to enable third sector organisations to achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The threat of cyber crime has never been greater – regardless of size of business or amount of personal data you handle, your organisation could become a target for cyber criminals who are looking to make money and cause disruption to you, your staff and volunteers. Putting resilient measures in place to protect and strengthen your network is vital.

Cyber Essentials is like an MOT test for your car – it confirms that your IT systems have passed a key set of standards. If you can show that your organisation is meeting the security standards in Cyber Essentials, you can be confident that you have some protection against the most common types of cyber attack.

Our new round of grant funding provides up to £1000 towards the cost of obtaining Cyber Essentials accreditation. This fund is available to all third sector organisations and is open for new applications from 4th November 2019. Please be aware that while the fund will be open until 31st March 2020, we will be awarding throughout the open period, so don’t wait too long! Further details on the Cyber Essentials scheme itself are available on the NCSC website.

To see the criteria for awards, you can check out our FAQs page, and if you have further questions you can contact us directly.

Cyber Essentials Grants – Open for applications!

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

Page last modified on 27th January 2020