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MAKING FUNDS GO FURTHER

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Offering you a complete service

As experienced grantmakers and fund managers, we’re experts in making your money go further. Working with us connects you with thousands of local organisations right across Scotland.

Why work with us

As Scotland’s community foundation, we are experts in designing and delivering funds.  We can connect you with thousands of local organisations right across Scotland. From community projects through to local groups, they’re all looking for funds they can use to make a difference. 

There’s a number of different ways we can distribute your funds, including grant-making, education & training bursaries and social investment. Some of our funds might support specific causes, others might target a local area. How each fund is designed and delivered is bespoke to meet your aims. 

The most common purposes of funding are as follows:

Funding a local community
Funding a local community

Funding a local community

Funding that focuses on a specific locality in Scotland. Fund distribution is anchored in community-led decision making.

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Funding a cause
Funding a cause

Funding a cause

These funds can help tackle specific issues or themes, for example, health, education, equality or employment. They can be targeted locally, regionally or nationally.

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Our range of services 

Once we’ve worked with you to agree the best way to distribute your funding, we can: 

  • Promote your fund

We’ll promote your fund to attract the most suitable community organisations and charities.  From alerting our nationwide contacts to media releases and targeted promotion – we’ll get the word out about your exciting new funding opportunity.  

  • Handle enquires

Once charities and community groups are aware of your fund, we handle all the enquiries and correspondence on your behalf.

  • Review and assess applications

If you’re running a grant-making programme, we’ll collate and assess applications, ensuring applicants are eligible and present you and/or a fund advisory panel with assessment reports including recommendations on which fit with your fund and are well-planned. 

  • Support decision making

If desired, we can also establish and support advisory panels drawn from the community or cause you wish to support and/or employee or donor representatives. Visit How funding decisions are made for more information on our typical processes.

  • Grant management and reporting

We’ll manage all grant payments and keep you updated on progress with funded projects. We can also facilitate any project visits if desired. 

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Carrick Futures logo

In 2014 Carrick Futures appointed Foundation Scotland to handle its grant making process and to provide secretarial duties. The reason we did this is because Foundation Scotland have a proven record of undertaking this work throughout Scotland. Their staff inspire confidence because they are highly motivated, pro-active, knowledgeable and professional in all ways. Our relationship with Foundation Scotland is excellent and we are delighted with the level of service they provide and would recommend them.

Roger Pirrie, Chair, Carrick Futures