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 Update

15 September 2020

Thanks to an increase in funding we’re widening the scope of our Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund to support even more organisations with their recovery. As of today, we're removing the income cap for organisations wishing to apply, this was previously set at £250,000 per annum.

Since the end of March, we've already supported almost 900 grassroots organisations with £3.5 million in response and recovery funds. Assessing such high volumes of applications means we're able to understand where funding is needed the most, and where the biggest impact can be made. These learnings help us revise our fund criteria to ensure we can also adapt to the changing needs of our communities.

We also work very closely with the Scottish Government, other third sector organisations and the National Emergencies Trust to identify the greatest needs within our communities today. Through our RRR Fund we're particularly keen to hear from organisations delivering services in the following 5 areas: 

  • Supporting those experiencing, or at risk of domestic abuse
  • Supporting those with poor or worsening mental health (e.g. compulsion, dependencies, depression, isolation, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders)
  • Helping to improve access to critical advice, services, or care (owing to poor digital inclusion or language barriers)
  • Supporting those with no recourse to public funds
  • Supporting those experiencing bereavement.

Helen Wray, Programme Manager said; "By opening up the application criteria to a wider number of charitable organisations we know we can reach even more projects offering vital support in these areas.  We couldn't do any of this without our funding partner the National Emergencies Trust who have supported more than 10,000 UK-wide by working closely with community foundations like ours across the country."

To apply to the RRR Fund please visit the fund page

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