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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New Year, New Challenge!

16 January 2014

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2014 is shaping up to be a milestone year in Scotland; the Commonwealth Games, the 40th Ryder Cup and a whole host of events to celebrate the Year of Homecoming. So why not beat those January blues and sign up today to do something spectacular in 2014!

The Caledonian Challenge (14/15 June) and the Caledonian Hike (14 June) are two of the UKs top outdoor fundraising events which see participants from all over the UK and beyond trek through Scotland’s wild outdoors to raise money for Foundation Scotland. 

A mental, physical and emotional test unlike any other, the Caledonian Challenge was recently included in a list of the UK’s top ten toughest mass participation events. It involves teams of four or more walking 54 miles in less than 24 hours along the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s most iconic and spectacular walks. 

The Caledonian Hike, a brilliant alternative, sees walkers take on a slightly less gruelling 24 miles in under 12 hours. Fewer agonies perhaps, but the rewards are just as plentiful! 

Since its inception in 1996, 16,000 participants have raised nearly £13M for Foundation Scotland. 

Events Manager Fraser Lennox said, “2014 is set to be a fantastic year for Scotland, with a range of celebrations taking place to showcase all that’s great about the country. Signing up for the Caledonian Challenge or the Caledonian Hike is a brilliant way to start the New Year by doing something challenging and rewarding for good causes!”

Baillie Gifford Investment Managers is the title sponsor of both the Caledonian Challenge and the Caledonian Hike. They have long supported the work of Foundation Scotland and are proud to be continuing as the lead sponsor. 

Sign up today. Do something spectacular. Visit

For more information contact Erin Byrne on 0141 341 4977 or email

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