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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£5M Milestone for RRR Fund

21 October 2020


The total amount distributed through our Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund has now exceeded £5 million.

This record-breaking level of support demonstrates the continued demand coming from charities and grassroots groups needing vital funds to tackle some of the most pertinent issues caused by the pandemic. However, the fund remains open and continues to welcome applications to support those most in need.

The Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund, delivered in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, has to date supported 1.1 million people right across Scotland. A total of £4.1m in small grants have been distributed to over 1,000 dedicated organisations delivering vital support to some of the most isolated and vulnerable people across the country. Activities funded range from support for groups working to combat hardship needs through the distribution of food parcels and hot meals, support for the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained through counselling and social-isolation support services and funds for groups to adapt and redesign essential services though training and by embracing new technology. 

A further £1.4 Million has been invested in strategic grants to national charities such as Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, Shelter Scotland and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to deliver higher level strategic support throughout the pandemic.

Since launching the dedicated Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund in March, we've received almost the same number of grant applications in the last six months as the Foundation received in the whole of last financial year. Helen Wray, Programme Manager at Foundation Scotland said:

“There are some desperately heart-breaking situations, lives have been turned upside down and there are now even more people experiencing extreme hardship, isolation, loneliness and fear. However, we are continually inspired by our ongoing assessment of crisis applications which we continuing to receive. It is evident that communities are coming together to urgently deliver essential and critical services to those most in need at this time.”

The Fund continues to offer grants of between £1,000-£5,000 to constituted community groups and registered charities. The fund is currently in ‘recovery’ phase supporting organisations to plan ahead, to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations.

To find out more and make an application visit the Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund page.

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