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Essentia Foundation

Grant size Up to £9,000
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Fund Opens: 13/05/24
Application Deadline: 24/06/24
Decision to applicants: August 2024

About this fund

The Essentia Foundation is a charity that once operated Health and Social Welfare telephone counselling and information services supported by data processing and analysis in the field of public information.  Their clients included HEBS, the Scottish Government, the Department of Health and the Central Office of Information as well as pharmaceutical companies. When the company was sold, the Essentia Foundation was established.

The Foundation provides financial support to charities and community groups to help achieve the following objectives:

  • Improved health and social welfare of children and young people up to the age of 25 years old.
  • Increased opportunities for training, enhancing learning, upskilling, and developing career opportunities, and supporting young people up to the age of 25 years old to move towards employment.

To learn more about the Essentia Foundation, please visit their website.

Purpose of this fund

This is a multi-year round of funding and is aimed at supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland. Grants of up to £9,000.00 are available for a period of 3 years. Please note, this means that organisations can apply for 3 years of £3,000.00.

The fund is looking for projects that:

  • Support the participation in mainstream society for individuals with learning disabilities or long-term life limiting health conditions 
  • Support young people who face long-term challenges living in poverty and inequality.   
  • Support those who have been excluded from school to access or return to education or training opportunities 
  • Provide skills and training to those who are furthest from the labour market 
  • Aim to improve the health and welfare of children and young people (being those under 25)  

Please note the above are all in relation to supporting young people up to the age of 25 only.

Additional criteria

Groups can only apply for funding for a maximum period of 3 years. The maximum grant available is £9,000.00 and priority will be given to 3 year projects. We cannot accept 12 month projects for this funding round.

The fund can only support applications where the grant request is at least 25% of total costs. Please do not apply to this programme if your project as a whole exceeds £36,000.00.

Please note, this fund is only open to organisations with an annual income of under £250,000.

This current funding round has around £80,000.00 for grant distribution. As a result, this is a highly competitive fund, with around 20% of applicants receiving funds.

Who can apply?

All applicants must meet Foundation Scotland's Common eligibility criteria, please check this list before starting your application. 

What can’t be funded?

Please read through What we can't fund page, these exclusions apply to all Foundation Scotland funds.

In addition, the Essentia Foundation cannot support the following:

  • Projects benefitting those over the age of 25 years old.
  • Standalone costs for small capital or equipment costs.
  • Grant requests that are less than 25% of the total project cost.
  • Applications from individuals or private businesses.
  • Organisations with an annual gross income of more than £250,000.

How are decisions made?

Funding is allocated based on decisions by Essentia Trustees with support from Foundation Scotland.

For more details on our assessment processes please visit How funding decisions are made.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need match funding?

    No, the programme can fully fund applications to 100% however if the cost of the overall project is higher than the maximum grant size you will of course require additional funding and we will look to see if this has been secured or where else you have applied as part of our assessment process. 

  • Do you fund capital costs?

    No. The programme is for thematic projects that will work to empower young people under the age of 25 in Scotland.

  • I am in receipt of an Essentia grant that has not yet been fully spent, can I apply?

    Organisations will only be able to apply to this funding round on the provision that any existing grant with The Essentia Foundation has been fully spent and a final report has been submitted. 

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

For criteria and fund priority enquiries

Mercedes Jones, Funds Adviser

Useful links


If you would like to watch an interactive webinar which provides a breakdown of the multi-year awards, please click here

Fund news

Featured case studies

More Essentia Fund case studies

Read a further selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Essentia Foundation. This includes a grant to People Know How and their Computer Delivery project. The foundation awarded a grant of £2,500 which helped People Know How to distribute digital equipment to vulnerable communities within Edinburgh and East Lothian.

View case studies