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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RRR Fund moves into Resilience Phase

27 November 2020



After distributing more than £6 million during the Response and Recovery phases of the RRR Fund, we're moving into the Resilience phase from Tuesday 1st December. 

The initial Response stage focussed on urgently meeting communities most immediate needs.  The fund then moved into Recovery in August, helping organisations to continue their delivery in the ‘new normal’. The Resilience phase will have new focus on sustainability, supporting organisations to become more future-proof in 2021 and beyond. Whether it’s increasing capacity, investing in staff training or purchasing extra equipment, its time to start planning much further ahead.

Helen Wray, Head of Programmes at Foundation Scotland, said:

“We have witnessed incredible strength, passion and determination from our third sector throughout 2020.  Charities and community groups continue to work tirelessly the length and breadth of the country, providing the essential services the most vulnerable need to get through their everyday lives. Foundation Scotland remains dedicated to supporting these incredible organisations; to offer them the support they need to ensure their longevity for the years ahead.

The needs of our communities are ever increasing and Resilience funding is to help the sector continue to meet these needs. Resilience will focus on providing support to aid future planning, to help prepare for the longer term, and to help future proof organisations as best they can"

At no time will the fund close, we will continue to provide emergency support for those who need it most, and continue to help organisations adapt their services.  Organisations that have already received funding can apply again.  We are encouraging all interested groups to check our fund page which details the new Resilience criteria and funding guidelines.”

From 1st December applications who fit the new Resilience aims will be prioritised. Due to a limit in funding available the charity is appealing to eligible groups to apply as soon as they can.

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