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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Chris Brookmyre to take part in Caledonian Challenge

07 April 2016

Bestselling novelist Chris Brookmyre is to take part in this year’s Caledonian Challenge which marks its 20th anniversary in June. The award-winning author whose novels include: Quite Ugly One Morning, Country of the Blind, Boiling a Frog, Dead Girl Walking and Black Widow will be part of the Bloody Scotland Team representing Bloody Scotland - the International Crime Writing Festival which takes place every September in Stirling. The Bloody Scotland Team will take on the Caledonian Challenge 'The 24' described as a 'tough but achievable' hike from Fort William to Glencoe to mark the announcement of the 2016 programme. The team members will also include fellow crime writers Craig Robertson, Matt Bendoris and Doug Johnstone.

Chris Brookmyre said “It started off with a casual suggestion just before Christmas and somehow I seem to be doing it. I do a lot of walking while I’m working on a book, so I’m hoping that clocking up twenty-four miles against spectacular backdrops provides a lot of fuel for the creative engine. As we head towards the finish line in Glencoe we will be passing through one of 17th century Scotland’s most notorious crime scenes.”


Giles Ruck CEO Foundation Scotland said “It’s great to see the enduring appeal of the Caledonian Challenge as it marks its 20th year and welcome this team of critically-acclaimed authors and writers to the event. We wish the Bloody Scotland Team every success in their training and preparation for The 24 over the next few months.”

Support from the key businesses and organisations has always played an important role in the enduring success of the Caledonian Challenge. For the past three years, Baillie Gifford has been title sponsor of the Caledonian Challenge, actively encouraging their staff to sign up and get involved along with providing essential assistance and equipment for the event.

Lynn Nicol-Baird at Baillie Gifford who took part in 2015 adds, “Yes, it’s challenging! Yes, it’s beautiful! Yes, it’s rewarding! And, yes, there are midges however the fact that it is all of these things just makes it all the more fabulous when you cross that finish line. It is a great, great feeling knowing you have pushed yourself to the limit and achieved something worthwhile. Each and every one of us know someone in some way who has benefited from the fantastic work Foundation Scotland do, to be part of that is truly something special!  Sign up, get the gear, start training and fundraising but most of all, enjoy it!

“It’s not ‘just’ a walk it’s a journey, from the moment you sign up to way beyond the finish line.”

If you would like to know more about the Caledonian Challenge and how you and your friends or colleagues can get involved this year contact the team on T: 0131 524 0350 or visit:



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