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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Extra mental health support for key workers

09 October 2020


Through our Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund we've already supported over 1,000 community organisations across Scotland, benefitting more than 1,00,000,000 people.  Over the past 6 months, we've also been working with other funders and national charities to identify and tackle some of the most significant challeges our population has faced during the pandemic.

Mental health challenges have been widely recognised as a key area of need. In recognition of this SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health) have been awarded a strategic grant from Foundation Scotland of over £100,000.  This essential funding is to specifically support SAMH’s new work with Five Areas Ltd (Living Life to the Full) and Glasgow Caledonian University.  Together these three organisations will provide three tiers of mental health support needed for 4,000 key workers. 

For the next twelve months, SAMH staff will work alongside Glasgow Caledonian University trainee psychologists to deliver psychological support to frontline workers, who worked throughout lockdown to keep us all safe. Based on a remote working model, the workers will be able to access online psychological support from Living Life to the Full, which is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based approach to help people improve their wellbeing and resilience. They will also receive regular one to one support for up to eight weeks, as well as check-ins throughout their journey.  

Graeme Henderson, Executive Director of Delivery and Strategic Development at SAMH, said 

“SAMH is committed to making sure people get the mental health support and information they need, when they need it. Frontline workers have been under considerable pressure in recent months and we would like to thank Foundation Scotland for providing this funding, so that we can help these staff who have worked tirelessly under very difficult circumstances.”

Dr Bryan McCann, Lecturer in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, said

“As the University for the Common Good, Glasgow Caledonian University seeks to make a positive contribution to the communities we serve. Foundation Scotland’s funding will allow us to work in partnership with SAMH to deploy our trainee psychologists in support of frontline workers’ mental health”.

Professor Chris Williams, Director of Living Life to the Full commented

This is a challenging time for all of us, and as a community we need to look at ways of maintaining and rebuilding wellbeing. Health workers give so much to others, and the danger is they don’t slow down, stop, think and reflect on their own needs. This project is there for them.”

The award to SAMH was one of thireeen strategic grants designed to offer additional support across multiple funding priorities. In total over £1,168,127 has been distributed between the thirteen charities as follows: Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) (£105,000), BEMIS Scotland (£104,000), Shelter Scotland (£30,000), Community Law Advice Network (£30,000), Children 1st (£104,750), Dundee North Law Centre LLP (£30,000), Govan Law Centre (£30,000), JustRight Scotland (£30,000), Legal Services Agency Ltd (£28,265), Castlemilk Law and Money Advice Centre (£30,000), Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (£307,000), Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (£98,912) and the Scottish Refugee Council (£240,000).

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive at Foundation Scotland said

We are incredibly proud of these new awards which will make a significant impact across the Third Sector.  This level of strategic support will enable these charities to deliver the essential support needed to help some of the most vulnerable who are suffering through the crisis. We understand that charities across the country are struggling more than ever to raise the funds they need, and at the same time many are experiencing increased demand for their services.  It’s an unnerving time for many.  We would encourage other groups to check our website for further funding programmes. We’re also keen to engage with new potential funders whose donations will enable Foundation Scotland to extend this vital support even further within Scotland’s hardest hit communities.”

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