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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

Since 1996, we’ve helped distribute more than £200 million to charities and community groups across Scotland, creating happier, fairer, and more sustainable communities.

All over Scotland, local groups and charities have ideas and plans for how to make their communities happier, fairer, and more sustainable. What they often lack is the financial support to help make those ideas happen.

We work with funders, donors and philanthropists who want to support and strengthen the building blocks of these communities. We help them to channel their giving in a way that is most meaningful to them, or to support communities that they have a particular connection with.

We also work in partnership with communities themselves, so that they can maximise funding opportunities from place-based funds, such as community benefit funds provided by the renewables sector - like wind farms.

And we offer social investment opportunities that 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

Wind farm funds powering community action in Ross-shire

Over £610,000 has been awarded to community groups and individuals in Ross-shire over the last seven years, thanks to EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Funds.


What are Donor Advised Funds?

Some of the funds we support at Foundation Scotland are called Donor Advised Funds. As the name suggests, this means that donations are placed in a fund specifically designated by donors themselves.

Fund News

Dorenell Fund Delivering Community Priorities

EDF Renewables Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has two reasons to celebrate, with a new round of funding just announced and a major review of the fund itself published.


Unlock Our Future Fund Evaluation: What it looked like

The Unlock our Future Fund (UOFF) delivered its fifth year of grant making in 2023, and this milestone was marked with an external evaluation and fund review.