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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Sign up for a Caledonian Challenge in 2015

06 October 2014

The Caledonian Challenge is a life changing adventure along the West Highland Way which raises money for local charities and community groups across Scotland.

THE 24 (24 miles/24 hours) is harder than you think but more rewarding than you can imagine; starting in Glen Nevis and ending at Glencoe Ski Centre.

THE 54 - the ultimate challenge - (54 miles/24 hours) kicks off at Gairlochy on the Great Glen Way and ends at Strathfillan Wigwams, near Tyndrum.

Both events take in incredible views of Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Buachaille Etive Mor along the way! 

Over 17,000 Challengers have conquered the events since 1996, raising an incredible £13M for Foundation Scotland.

An outdoor experience like no other – make memories you’ll want to remember, with team mates you’ll never forget. 

Will you join us and be part of something incredible in 2015?

If you think you have what it takes, take the first step and contact our Events Team today or visit  

Notes to Editors

Foundation Scotland

Since its inception in 1996, over 17,000 participants have taken part in the Caledonian Challenge, raising more than £13M for good causes. Foundation Scotland is one of Scotland’s busiest grant makers, distributing approximately £5M annually to exceptional projects. The Foundation uses its in-depth knowledge of the charitable sector to ensure funds have the most positive local impact.

Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford Investment Managers are the title sponsor of both the Caledonian Challenge. They have long supported the work of Foundation Scotland and are proud to be continuing as lead sponsor.

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