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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Foundation Sponsors Partnership Award

20 November 2013

Foundation Scotland was delighted to support the sixth annual Herald Society Awards which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday the 20th of November.

The event which was organised by The Herald and hosted by radio DJ Bryan Burnett, paid tribute to the excellent work of people and organisations from the public and third sector who contribute so much to public life in Scotland.

Sponsored by Foundation Scotland, the Partnership of the Year was awarded to the charity MacMillan and Glasgow Life; a simple, yet effective collaboration. Using Glasgow libraries to increase access, MacMillan works with Glasgow Life to provide cancer information and support services, such as benefits advice and complimentary therapies.

At the moment, the service covers nineteen venues across Glasgow, with plans to expand this provision to cover all libraries in the city within the next three years.

Foundation Scotland Chief Executive Giles Ruck, who presented the Partnership Award said,”The standard of nominees for the Partnership Award was very high and reflects some outstanding examples of collaboration and best practice.”

Other winners include Glasgow based social enterprise, The Bike Station which took home the Environmental Initiative of the Year for its success in persuading commuters to leave their cars at home. New College Lanarkshire won Education Provider of the Year for its project which sees inmates from seven Scottish prisons work to produce a quality magazine covering prison life.

For a full list of all the award winners from every category and more, visit

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