Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.


Acknowledge & Close

Central Scotland Team

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager - Central Region

Phone: 0131 524 0302  

Malc joined Foundation Scotland in 2019 as Community Funds Manager for the central region.  He has 20 years of experience in third sector business development, funding, grant management and monitoring & evaluation work, having begun his career in international development before moving into the youth work, justice, personal development and outdoor sectors with Scottish charity Venture Trust.  His international development experience included involvement in developing and monitoring capital financing mechanisms to support community-led slum upgrading initiatives across Asia and Africa, as well as advising on organisational and systems development within third sector organisations.  He moved back to Scotland to head up Venture Trust’s fundraising team in 2008, leading the process of significantly scaling up and diversifying the organisation’s funding base over more than a decade. 

He was also a trustee on the Board of an Edinburgh-based international development charity for 7 years, volunteered at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and has had several articles and book chapters published during his professional career.  His qualifications include an MA (Hons) in Economics & International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Development Planning & Project Management from the University of Bradford.  In his spare time, Malc enjoys a spot of cooking, is a keen rugby player and enjoys a range of other sports when his young daughter isn’t running rings round him.


Eimear Cassidy, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Phone: 0141 341 4968

Eimear joined Foundation Scotland in 2019 as a Community Fund Co-ordinator working across the central region, based in the Foundation Scotland Glasgow office.  She previously worked for the National Lottery Community Fund for six years, undertaking a number of roles including funding, communications and administration. She worked as part of a team in North and South Lanarkshire piloting a relationship and placed-based approach to grant making and then later worked locally in Inverclyde.

Originally from Northern Ireland she moved to Scotland in 2005 to study Sociology at the University of Glasgow and gained an MA (Hons) degree.  Eimear enjoys music, theatre and the outdoors, has been involved in a number of voluntary projects and is currently a Committee member for Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre.


Catherine Francis, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Phone: 0131 524 0308  

Joined Foundation Scotland November 2019, and now is the contact for a number of community benefit funds in Fife and the Central Belt.

Catherine has had a variety of roles supporting the community and voluntary sector. She worked for HIE on the Scottish Land Fund programme from 2001 seeing the growth of the community land ownership in Scotland and advising community organisations through project development and securing funding. As freelance consultant she has undertaken feasibility work, funding  and evaluations for the community sector. Before coming to Scotland, Catherine spent four years in the Bolivian mountains working on community based research for a Bolivian NGO. She’s a committee member of Digin – a community fruit and veg shop in Edinburgh.

Out of work Catherine can be found in her vegetable garden and, less frequently, paddling a sea kayak around the Scottish coastline.

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