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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09 December 2013

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is launching a fund to tackle alcohol-related harm as it extends its commitment to addressing misuse and promoting responsible drinking.

The £500,000 Scotch Whisky Action Fund is being set-up by the SWA, the industry trade body, and complements the work of its members. A total of £100,000 will be available each year from 2014 to 2018 to projects working to reduce alcohol-related harm in Scotland.

The fund will invest in projects from charities and other organisations that work to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland’s communities. The Scotch Whisky Action Fund will be managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund will support and develop projects and initiatives delivering targeted interventions to tackle harm among young people aged 18 and under, families affected by misuse and communities suffering as a result of irresponsible or excessive consumption of alcohol. Research commissioned by the SWA revealed that more work, and funding, is required to develop existing initiatives and support new programmes to combat misuse across these three themes. The fund would particularly welcome applications from innovative or pilot initiatives which aim to test new approaches within these themes.

Applications for support of new projects can seek an award of up to £10,000; existing initiatives, with a proven track record, can receive help up to £25,000.

Gavin Hewitt, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “Alcohol is part of Scottish life and brings a range of benefits to Scotland and its economy. But we recognise there is a problem with alcohol misuse that has to be tackled and we are committed to taking a central role to address misuse in this drive through our Scotch Whisky Action Fund.
“The Scotch Whisky Action Fund is our latest initiative tackling alcohol-related harm. We are looking to help charities and other organisations across Scotland which work to reduce alcohol misuse and aim to make a real difference.”
The first deadline for applications is 31st March 2014. Organisations interested in finding out more or applying for funding should visit /programmes/scotch-whisky-action-fund.aspx


Notes for editors

Contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager on 0131 222 9230 or 07432 605 385 or with media enquiries. 

Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland is one of Scotland’s busiest grant makers distributing approximately £5m annually to exceptional projects on behalf of our clients. Independent and self-funded, FS is trusted by over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and public bodies. It provides cost effective and tax efficient services from light tough giving to personalised grant and loan programmes. 

Scotch Whisky Association
To find out more about the SWA visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotchWhiskySWA


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