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foundation Scotland logo including photos of projects supported
foundation Scotland logo including photos of projects supported
foundation Scotland logo including photos of projects supported
foundation Scotland logo including photos of projects supported

Making a difference throughout Scotland

We help people and organisations to fund good causes, strengthening Scotland’s communities and creating a lasting impact.

Since 1996, we’ve helped distribute more than £170 million to charities and community groups across Scotland, creating happier, fairer, and more sustainable communities. 

We support philanthropists to help their personal giving make the most difference. We work with donors to invest in community action that enables people and places to flourish. We work alongside communities to ensure that local funds are distributed by communities themselves.  And we offer social investment opportunities to enable social enterprises, community organisations and charities to grow and deliver positive social impact. 

For a quick introduction on how we make a difference, watch our animation.

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Investing in Enterprise

Foundation Scotland has extended support for the third sector even further by introducing innovative social investment opportunities to social enterprises in Scotland.

Social investment expands on our community foundation's core grantmaking services providing access to a greater range of funding options across Scotland.  Find out more about social investment, including details of our Investing in Enterprise Fund. 

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Our news

Fund News

December fund deadlines

Here's our quick reference guide to all funding application deadlines coming up this month. Be sure to check all guidelines and eligibility criteria before applying.

Fund News

The Essentia Foundation - A Journey to the Central Belt

The Essentia Foundation is embarking on a journey across Scotland to examine the regional issues facing young people and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.

General News

Community benefit – showcasing the art of the possible

'Community Benefits: A Bridge to Community Empowerment' publication

Fund News

From Fountains to Football Strips…latest Dorenell Wind Farm Awards

From fountains to football strips, the latest round of awards from the Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund will support a range of projects and benefit local residents throughout the fund area.