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 | News Update

08 June 2020

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During the Response phase of the fund, we have distributed more than £3.2m to more than 750 projects across Scotland to help communities overcome any additional challenges caused by the pandemic. We focused our efforts on projects supporting the most immediate needs - supporting food initiatives, helping the most vulnerable people or improving mental health of isolated community members.

The Response, Recovery and Resilience fund is now approaching the Recovery phase and as a result the fund is temporarily paused. This will give us time to prepare fund criteria for the next stage which we anticipate reopening early August.  Find out more about the fund here.

In the meantime we are still awarding grants to those who have already applied. Here are some recent highlights from the past week.


St Mirren FC Community Trust

St Mirren Charitable Foundation

The St Mirren FC Community Trust was established to help local people, in Paisley and Renfrewshire, affected by problems such as unemployment, poverty and poor health.

To support the needs of the vulnerable in their local community during the Coronavirus pandemic the Trust are delivering food and other essential items. RRR funding has meant that in addition to the food parcels they can also deliver their fitness and healthy living classes online ensuring that individuals can stay active and connected during this difficult time.


Radio Lollipop UK Ltd

Lauren Meldrum is fundraising for Radio Lollipop (UK) Limited

Radio Lollipop, Glasgow volunteers provide care, comfort, play and entertainment for sick children in the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow. In addition to the hospital radio their volunteers visit the children on the wards and also provide a valuable play service.

Unfortunately, due to the current situation the volunteers are unable to visit the wards. However, with support from the RRR fund Radio Lollipop, Glasgow are providing children in the hospital with arts and crafts supplies, games, sensory toys, activity packs and books. Ensuring these vulnerable children have some level of normality during this difficult.


Cobhair Bharraigh

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Cobhair Bharraigh provide a day care and home support service for the frail, elderly, those living with Dementia and those who have long term physical, mental and sensory illnesses in Barra and Vatersay. Their care support service enables carers to have a short break and helps them look after ill or frail family members in their own home for as long as possible.

In response to the current situation the group are supporting the most vulnerable in their community by providing a pharmacy and shopping delivery service in addition to a telephone helpline.


Learners 2gether

Learners 2gehter was established in 2018 by a group of local volunteers in Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway. All the group are from low income households and most are unemployed. Their aim is to encourage lifelong learning and ensure that it is accessible to all members of their community.

During this difficult time many of the individuals who were taking part in learning are self-isolating and unable to access suitable IT equipment to continue their courses. However, the group have received a RRR grant, enabling them to purchase laptops, ensuring that everyone in the group can access online courses and continue their learning while isolating at home.


St. Andrew’s Youth

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St. Andrew’s Youth, Aberdeen provides youth projects, activities and opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the local community. Helping them to participate in healthy life improving and skilled activities with others of a similar age. Under normal circumstances the group provide weekly youth groups and both short and long stay trips.

In response to the current situation and to ensure that they are continuing to connect with the most vulnerable young people in their community the group have received RRR funding to upgrade their IT equipment. The new equipment is enabling St. Andrew’s Youth to provide more creative and innovative online sessions helping to combat the fear and isolation the young people in their group may be feeling.


Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre

Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre was established in 1989 and ispart of vibrant network of faith communities which contributes to the richness of Hinduism (Way of life) in the capital of Scotland.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic the Centre are continuing to support the vulnerable members of their community. With support from the RRR fund the Centre are ensuring that all vital Government and NHS information is translated into community languages, volunteers are delivering food parcels to those self-isolating and prayer meetings, yoga and meditation classes and community meetings are being held online ensuring that everyone stays connected.


Find Out More

If you'd like to know more about our Response, Recovery and Resilience (RRR) Fund visit our fund page for details on how to apply.

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