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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20 years on and the journey never ends………

09 June 2016

The Caledonian Challenge has been on a long journey. First conceived back in Hong Kong by founder Angus Tim _Winterburn _Caley _Challenge _2013-64MacDonald, it can now claim to be Scotland’s longest running endurance event, some 20 years on.

Since then, the Challenge has grown from strength to strength and is now recognised as one of the UK’s premier outdoor charity events. Over the years, almost 20,000 walkers have laced up their boots, faced the Scottish midges and experienced this amazing endurance event raising millions of pounds to support the work of Foundation Scotland.

This Saturday after months of training and fundraising over 700 people will be at the start line to begin their journey walking 54 miles in 24 hours or 24 miles in 12 hours through some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery.

Giles Ruck CEO of Foundation Scotland added,” We look forward to seeing many familiar faces back again on this special anniversary year to take one of Scotland’s toughest endurance events. And a special welcome to lots of new teams raising funds for Foundation Scotland or joining us for the first time to raise funds their own charities. Good luck!”

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