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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Fund Update | September

09 September 2020

Apply for funds online

Is your organisation looking for funding right now? Here's a few of our funding opportunities open now, including some imminent deadlines.


Closing Soon

The Essentia Foundation - Deadline 14th September

The Essentia Foundation has grants between £500 and £2500 for organisations anywhere in Scotland working to improve the health and social welfare of children and young people and/or increasing opportunities for education, training and employment.  For more information and to apply visit The Essentia Foundation fund page as soon as possible.

The Giving Back Project - Deadline 18th September

This programme is offered by two of Scotland's premium shopping centres; Silverburn and Union Square. There's 20 grants of £2,000 available in Glasgow and Aberdeen (10 in each region). To be eligible your organisation must be within the defined areas of these two cities. For more information and to apply visit:


Community Capacity Grants Programme - Deadline 8th October

This programme is offered by Crown Estate Scotland and aims to provide early stage financial support for community enterprise projects that contribute to local regeneration and sustainable development. Awards up to £50,000 are available to coastal communities or projects within Scottish Crown Estate’s four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth). To read more please visit the Community Capacity Grants Programme page here.

Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund - Still Open

A reminder that we are still taking applications for our RRR Fund, supporting communities through the pandemic. As our focus has moved to Recovery we welcome applications from new organisations but also those who may have previously applied and need additional funds to adapt and continue with service delivery. Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available now, please find out more and apply today by visiting our RRR Fund page.

Other Funds

We have multiple funds right across Scotland, some for specific areas and some supporting specific needs. All for local charities and organisations, all for your community.

If none of the funds above are suitable, or the timescale doesn't work for you then take a look at some of our other funds available here.  We're always here to help.


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