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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Artist in Residence

03 March 2017

Arts & Business Scotland Creativity at Work Opportunity

Arts & Business Scotland is offering an opportunity for a Scottish based artist, designer or crafts person to be in residence at Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office. The community foundation facilitates philanthropy and strategic grant making to achieve lasting impact in communities and charitable organisations across Scotland.

The residency will culminate in the production of a final piece of permanent artwork that will be installed and sited within the organisation’s main conference room in their new offices. The final artwork will capture the essence of the work that they do in an innovative and visually exciting way. It will inspire everyone who is associated with the charity.

The artist is expected to allocate 35 days to working with the organisation to develop and produce the artwork. During this period the artist will be expected to engage with the organisation’s staff, trustees, grantees, philanthropists, donors and other stakeholders in order to fully understand their aims and aspirations.

The organisation will provide the artist with space and appropriate working conditions to carry out the residency period and will support all engagement work as necessary. A studio will not be provided though the artist will have access to the room where the artwork is to be sited when it is available.

Arts & Business Scotland will provide advice and support throughout the funded period of the residency and will evaluate the project on completion.

This is a paid opportunity and the total fee for both the residency and realisation of the permanent artwork is £10,000. This amount is to be fully inclusive of the artist’s fee and expenses (including travel), materials, technical and fabrication costs and installation.

Payment will be made through the Arts & Business Scotland Creativity at Work Programme, in part funded by Creative Scotland.

The permanent artwork should be completed by end of September 2017.

For a more detailed brief and to apply, please visit

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 31 March 2017. Interviews will take place the week beginning of 17 April 2017.

This commission is generously part funded by Creative Scotland and managed by Arts & Business Scotland.



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