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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Blackford Community Fund Re-opens

30 January 2013

Foundation Scotland (formerly Scottish Community Foundation ) is encouraging community groups and local charities in the Blackford area to apply for a grant to the Blackford Community Fund when it re-opens on 1st February.
Constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities will be able to apply to the Foundation for grants to support a wide range of projects providing public benefit to people living within the Blackford area. Applications for grants between £100 and £1,500 can be submitted in advance of the 1st April deadline. This upper level is a £500 increase from previous rounds, to encourage more ambitious community initiatives that may require a larger grant.
Foundation Scotland has been working with a local Panel to manage the fund since 2009 during which time 65 grants have been awarded to Blackford groups totalling over £41,000.
Grants are awarded to local organisations which contribute to the Fund’s aim to promote community spirit and bring people together; enhance qualify of life and promote people’s well-being; and foster Blackford as a vibrant and sustainable community.

Ten groups benefitted from last round of funding, this included contributions to repairing Christmas lights and Christmas activities for children, recreational costs for the Senior Citizens lunch club, and new drumming equipment for the Strathearn Pipe Band.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland said “ Its great to see a wide range of groups continuing to benefit from the Fund and new groups also coming forward. Both Foundation Scotland and the Panel would like this to continue. We would encourage previous and new applicants to apply to the fund prior to its 1 April deadline.”

For an application form visit or contact Cara on 0131 524 0300 or email:

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