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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Surviving Winter

11 December 2013

Surviving Winter is a campaign that raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well. Winter is a dangerous time for Scotland’s most vulnerable people.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 3 Scottish households are in fuel poverty. For those that simply can’t afford to heat their homes properly, the cold can exacerbate health problems such as asthma and heart conditions, and as fuel prices continue to rise more vulnerable people suffer. We also want to tackle the problem of isolation among older people during winter. Older people can become more cut off and struggle to leave the house in the colder months.

This the third year of the campaign which began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter. 

Foundation Scotland collects and distributes donations to local groups working on the ground to identify and support those in fuel poverty, including vulnerable older people, across the country. Donations are used in a number of ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes.

In the previous two years, thanks to the public’s generosity across the UK, Surviving Winter has raised over £3.3 million and helped over 40,000 people. This money enabled us to make awards to groups like Kincardine and Deeside Befriending in Aberdeenshire who used the money to carry out extra visits to isolated elderly folk unable to get out in bad weather and to help pay for measures to make their homes warmer where needed.

“I am looking forward to the first time in ages to a warm house and a comfortable new year – being able to keep warm will help my breathing difficulties. Thank you very very much.” - Surviving Winter beneficiary, Aberdeenshire

Donations can be made in two ways:
• Or by sending a cheque made payable to Foundation Scotland to Surviving Winter, Foundation Scotland, 22 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DP
If sending a cheque and you are a UK taxpayer, please download, print and complete this Gift Aid declaration form  and send it with your cheque. This allows us to claim gift aid and increase the value of your donation by 25%.

Thank you for your help.

For more on the UK Surviving Winter appeal, visit

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