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Photo of Building Bridges team delivering food parcels thanks to the RRR Fund
Photo of Building Bridges team delivering food parcels thanks to the RRR Fund

Final evaluation of the RRR Fund

  • Date published: 02/09/21

We've worked with Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) to produce a final evaluation of our RRR Fund.

The evaluation offers insight into the difference the RRR Fund has made to groups and communities across Scotland and the challenges that lay ahead. By the time the fund closed in April 2021, it had supported 1190 organisations across Scotland. Thanks to the National Emergencies Trust and the generous support of our donors, more than £7.4 million was distributed.

This report is the second evaluation of the RRR Fund. The first Rapid Evaluation of the RRR Fund was published in May 2020 and focussed on the first few weeks of the Response phase. The July 2021 evaluation focuses on organisations who received funding in the Recovery and Resilience phases and includes survey data from more than 150 grantees plus detailed feedback from several focus groups.

The evaluation includes 14 recommendations and learning points within the following headings.

  • Impact on communities and project beneficiaries
  • Impact on community projects/organisations
  • Impact on Community Infrastructure

  • Challenges and Opportunities

The evaluation also includes several case studies from the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Headway in East Lothian, Clifftops Project in West Dunbartonshire, Fresh Start in Edinburgh and the Whitburn and District Community Development Trust in West Lothian.

"Our Funders were wonderful in their response to the pandemic and the impact social isolation and loneliness would have on our already disadvantaged community. We sourced additional funding streams that had set up emergency responses; built up a strategy; and changed our outcomes and activities to respond and enable us to continue to work in a different way. 

Joyce Cattanach, Development Officer for Headway East Lothian.


The survey data, focus group feedback, and SCDC recommendations within the evaluation will help shape future funding and service development at Foundation Scotland.  To read more, view or download a copy of the full report using the link below.