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.


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What's Been Funded

Since the Fund went live in March 2020, we've awarded grants to hundreds of community groups and organisations who are supporting the most vulnerable people in Scotland.  For the inital Response phase we distributed over £3.2m to over 750 organisations across the country. 

Since then we've launched our Recovery phase and are receiving hundreds more applications from organisations requiring funding to help adapt their services, improve safety in their community facilities and provide extra training to help them deliver even more support in the 'new normal'.

With over £4m in funds awarded so far we're continually assessing and updating the list below. If you're interested in applying please visit the fund page for full details. 


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Award Summary
Grants Awarded1347
Grants Between2020 - 2021
Grants Total£6,747,393

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DateApplicantLocal Authority AreaGrant SummaryGrant Amount
20th January 2021World of Film International FestivalGlasgow CityTo cover the costs of additional specialist support, technical equipment and PPE in respond to the increased need to hold most of the festival events online this year, to support health and safety measures at in-person events, and build a stronger online presence to engage a wider audience in the future.£4,350
20th January 2021Scottish Detainee VisitorsGlasgow CityTo cover the cost of volunteer training and recruitment and purchasing phones to allow Scottish Detainee Visitors to continue adapting its support service for people in immigration detention in Scotland.£5,000
20th January 2021Pathfinder Guide Dog ProgrammeNorth LanarkshireTo provide prepared meals and 1-2-1 cooking lessons for the partially or totally blind, and those with other medical conditions as although some financially disadvantaged local people with severe/total sight loss/other disabilities have been able to access support from local food banks/organisations in the form of food hampers, many have simply lacked the cookery/’cooking blind’ skills needed to transform these goods into healthy snacks/meals.£4,965
20th January 2021Male Health ScotlandGlasgow CityTo enable Male Health Scotland to purchase IT software and equipment and cover volunteer transport costs so that it can continue providing support and advice to people affected by male cancers and mental health problems.£4,669
20th January 2021Drumchapel Money Advice CentreGlasgow CityTo contribute to the cost of upgrading the organisation’s website to improve capacity for members of the public to access information, advice and support relating to financial issues by supporting the inclusion of audio and video advice and the development of a webchat service.£4,500
20th January 2021North Lanarkshire Titans Basketball ClubNorth LanarkshireTo contribute to the purchase of PPE and training courses for coaches to ensure the club is equipped for new, restricted ratios of player to coach numbers.£1,245
20th January 2021Brechin Community PantryAngusTo support people in the local community with food and energy provisions, and mobile phone top ups.£4,700
20th January 2021Haven in Stonehaven LtdAberdeenshireTo enable The Haven in Stonehaven to receive vital change management training for their employees, board members and volunteers, so strengthening the organisation and allowing it to thrive for the benefit of their local community.£5,000
20th January 2021Aultbea Community CouncilHighlandTo continue the provision of emergency food supplies to local people in Aultbea, Laide and surrounding area of the northwest Highlands who find themselves in need as a result of Covid 19, whether through financial hardship brought on as a result of the pandemic or from self isolating.£3,600
20th January 2021CU Trust ScotlandStirlingTo contribute to the upgrading and development of the Children’s University Scotland’s online platform, to enable significantly increased numbers of children to participate in their learning programme during lockdown and beyond.£5,000
20th January 2021TRACTion Cancer SupportEast RenfrewshireTo cover the cost of TRACTion Cancer Support running a free book club by post and online for its shielding service users throughout Scotland.£4,088
20th January 2021Hibernian Community FoundationCity of EdinburghTo contribute to the cost of 12 laptop computers to expand an employability project for unemployed young people living in the Edinburgh area.£4,788
20th January 2021Horseback UKAberdeenshireTo contribute to the cost of purchasing ipads to deliver online training and learning opportunities to disadvantaged and isolated people to allow for social distancing within the project.£3,499
20th January 2021Isle of Gigha Heritage TrustArgyll and ButeTo contribute to the cost of purchasing two laptops and a tablet computer to ensure that employees of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust can work flexibly and remotely from home.£2,200
20th January 2021Edinburgh Interfaith AssociationCity of EdinburghTo continue delivery of their weekly Facebook live shows which aim to improve mental wellbeing, keep the community connected, and provide up to date information pertaining to COVID-19.£5,000
20th January 2021Dance BaseCity of EdinburghTo make crucial upgrades to Dance Base’s digital infrastructure to enable the delivery of additional online dance classes, lectures and performances for an increased number of people, improving their health and wellbeing and bringing artistic and cultural experiences into their lives.£4,475
13th January 2021Better Lives PartnershipDumfries and GallowayTo refurbish 15 donated laptops to allow young people with autism in Dumfries and Galloway to access online learning and remote contact with their support workers and their friends and peers, so lessening their isolation and allowing them to maintain their confidence and skills during Lockdown and beyond.£4,635
13th January 2021Grey Matters Active AgeingArgyll and ButeThe grant will allow the organisation to offer a range of non-face to face creative interest groups, paying for activity materials, sessional facilitators, a laptop and delivery of activities packs to its membership, addressing social isolation and loneliness and enabling people to remain engaged during the Covid-19 pandemic.£4,919
13th January 2021Bikers as Friends ScotlandEast AyrshireTo provide essential food and hygiene products, energy cards and phone top up cards to 200 of the most needy people in the community in NW Kilmarnock and surrounding areas.£5,000
13th January 2021Burnhead Bowling ClubNorth LanarkshireTo upgrade the club’s Kitchen facilities so they will be able to provide 30-50 free/subsidised meals for the community per day. This funding request includes the purchase of new tables, Perspex Screens in-between each booth ,PPE, a new fridge freezer and an extension of the out door seating area£5,000
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