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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Birthday Present for Charities as Caledonian Challenge Celebrates 20 Years

09 November 2015

To celebrate its 20th year in 2016, the Caledonian Challenge is launching its Third Sector Bond Scheme (TSBS).  This new scheme invites a limited number of  charities, social enterprises or community organisations to sign teams up to participate in either THE 54 or THE 24 on the weekend of the 11th and 12th June 2016 and raise money for their own causes.

The TSBS is aimed at all charities, social enterprises or community organisations no matter their size.  Foundation Scotland believes that the new scheme will help charities build newrelationships with supporters whilst bringing in new income – without having to create their own tailor-made event.

The Caledonian Challenge is Scotland’s premier outdoor fundraising event and raises funds for Foundation Scotland. Since the first event in 1996, over 18,000 participants have raised more than £14M to support charities and communityorganisations across Scotland. 

Participants can choose to attempt either the 54 mile route in 24 hours (THE 54) or the 24 mile route in under 12 hours (THE 24).  The Caledonian Challenge weekend sees participants passing stunning Scottish icons, the Great Glen Way, the majestic sight of Ben Nevis then continuing their journey down the West Highland Way talking on the Devil’s Staircase and Rannoch Moor before crossing the finish line at Strathfillan, south of Tyndrum.  A trulyunforgettable experience to share with friends, colleagues and family!

Giles Ruck CEO Foundation Scotland said “What better way to celebrate the 20th year of the Caledonian Challenge, but to extend its legacy.  By giving charitable organisations theopportunity to enter teams and raise money for their causes not only will it help us at Foundation Scotland extend our charitable outreach but we hope it will encourage more people to participate in the event.

“There are a limited number of Third Sector Bond places available and we would encourage charities to get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee their place.

“We want as many walkers as possible to join us on the starting line on the 11th June to help celebrate this milestone, create wonderful memories and make your miles matter.”

 If you would like to know more about the Caledonian Challenge and the Third Sector Bond Scheme contact the team at or apply now




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