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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Response, Recovery, Resilience Fund Reopens

03 August 2020

Building Bridges

We are delighted to announce the reopening of our Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund that has so far distributed over £3.2 million to communities across the length and breadth of the country.  

Launched in March, our 'RRR' crisis fund was the first source of community funding to open as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.  Working in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, the Fund paused to new applications in June to allow Foundation Scotland time to review and plan how best to adapt the Fund to meet the changing needs within Scottish communities. 

The Fund will continue to offer grants of between £1,000-£5,000 to constituted community groups and small registered charities.  However, the fund relaunches with a renewed focus on ‘recovery’ where organisations require vital support to plan ahead, to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations impacting on their services whilst still meeting the needs of their community. Examples of projects include those needing support to restart face to face services, counselling groups helping those experiencing mental health issues, bereavement and domestic abuse and organisations needing to increase hygiene policies to safely reopen.

Helen Wray, Programme Manager at Foundation Scotland said “We have so far supported over 770 groups, collectively supporting over 890,000 people across the country.  We have worked hard to get support to where it is needed most through this challenging time.  Through our continual assessment of applications, it was clear that we were starting to see a gradual shift in focus. More requests for funding started to come in to support service adaptation for beyond lockdown, to help groups plan ahead. We paused briefly to take time to take stock, review and renew the focus.  We needed to ensure sufficient funds were in place for all groups and registered charities in need throughout the country, making sure we target funds to where they were needed most.  So we have worked closely with other key bodies through this process such as with our partner The National Emergencies Trust and with other key organisations in the sector such as SCVO and the Third Sector Interfaces to get this focus right.”

For more details, eligibility criteria and to apply online visit the Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund page. 

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