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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Extra Covid-19 Relief From Scottish Retailers

19 August 2020

Hammerson GBP

This week Foundation Scotland is delighted to announce a partnership with Hammerson, owners of premium shopping centres in Glasgow and Aberdeen to launch their Giving Back Project offering £40,000 to local groups impacted by Covid-19.

Funding from The Giving Back Project is being offered by the Silverburn centre in Glasgow and the Union Square centre in Aberdeen, both centres offering 10 grants of £2,000 to local charities and organisations.

The Giving Back Project is specifically designed to support the areas that have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and the lockdowns of the past few months. It will target groups that engage in any of the following:

  • Food bank support and tackling food poverty
  • Providing support services to people affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Supporting those who are homeless or rough sleeping
  • Providing employment opportunities, enterprise or skills development

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive at Foundation Scotland said: “For over 20 years, we’ve been bringing together funders and grassroots organisations to help support and strengthen communities in every corner of Scotland. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hammerson to further support local groups in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Just a few thousand pounds can make a significant difference, even more so during this pandemic.  We’ve already distributed more than £1m in crisis funding across these two cities since April so this extra funding boost from Hemmerson is a further lifeline”.

Applications for funding will be open from 18th August until 18th September and can be made online.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on Friday 18th September

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