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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Peer Learning & Support Opportunities for Grantees

18 August 2020

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This week we're delighted to launch two brand new programmes in partnership with Social Enterprise Academy. The new programmes are designed to help local organisations connect with one another to navigate the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on their services and the communities they serve.  

Maybe you've had to adapt the way you provide services, perhaps you've diverted from your core business to serve the most urgent needs within your community. As we navigate this new phase, you may need to review what you've been doing as you look to renew and re-build your usual services and operations.

There are two programmes available in this series, one for organisations based in Glasgow City and one for those based in Dundee.

What will you get out of the programme?

  • Join a group of peers from organisations serving your community during Covid-19 to collaborate and find solutions to build for the future
  • Explore the changing environment and how you need to adapt and change your response and service
  • Think collectively about how to reset and return your organisations to operate in the ‘next normal’
  • Use peer support to develop ways of thinking, planning, acting and leading into the future

The programmes start on the 21/22 September and finish on the 2/3 November. Each programme consists of 4 group sessions delivered online over a 6 week period, each lasting 90 minutes.

How to join

Priority will be given to members of organisations who have received funding from Foundation Scotland in the past 12 months and who operate in either Glasgow City or in Dundee. 

To find out more and to register please click the relevant link:

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