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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Business Expansion for Abacus Mountain Guides

07 October 2015

Abacus Mountain Guides have received an award of £7,710 to support their plans to expand their operation and employ an additional member of staff.

The funding was received from the LMM Business Enterprise Trust who provide one – off grants to businesses in North West Scotland to support sustainable local businesses and improve employment opportunities.

Abacus Mountain Guides provide world class adventures on the West Coast of Scotland, creating tailor made trips based on weather and condition, previous experience and aspirations.

It is hoped that once the new member of staff has gone through their training and qualified as a summer and mountain leader they will be able to lead activities, generating additional income from the company.

Mike Pescod, Director Abacus Mountain Guides said, “It is with great thanks that I received the LMM Business Enterprise Trust Grant and huge excitement for what we will be able to do with it for our business, Abacus Mountain Guides. Like many people running small businesses I found I was spending all my time "in" the business meaning I had no time to spend "on" the business.

“This grant from the LMM Business Enterprise Trust will allow me to hire a part time member of staff to run the business, giving me the opportunity to work on expanding our product range and reaching out to new customers. I will make sure this will allow us to expand Abacus Mountain Guides so we can maintain extra staff permanently.”

If you are a business in North West Scotland, looking to start up, expand or diversify and can demonstrate the benefit you could make to the local community, you can apply to the fund prior to the closing date of 13 November.

For more information visit /programmes/lmm-business-enterprise-trust/ or alternatively contact Jane Martin on 0131 524 0300


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