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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Thanks a billion!

15 December 2017

Community Foundations hit the one-billion-pound mark

Local charities make up the lifeblood of our communities. They make a daily difference to millions of people. That’s why Community Foundations are proud to announce, that collectively across the UK we have distributed ONE BILLION POUNDS to local charities.

This milestone shows the impact that Community Foundations have had on local communities. In the last year alone we distributed £77million in grants and 4.7million people were impacted by our work.

Foundation Scotland has played a key role, having distributed £70M across Scotland since 1996.

From floods to fuel poverty to food banks, we support communities where they need it the most. We support the smallest charities and community groups, who often go unnoticed by many. But it’s these charities that are a lifeline for so many people and desperately need our support.

Take for example, our Stirling-wide fund, which has supported the Strathfillan Lunch Club. The Lunch club offers a nutritious hot meal to those over the age of 60 once a month throughout the winter months, as well as organising outings for members during the year.  The Club ensures that those members of the community who are isolated have the opportunity to get out, meet up and socialise with friends and enjoy a hot meal.

Fabian French, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, said “At UK Community Foundations we’re proud to work with incredible local charities day in day out. We understand the needs of the communities we work in and direct grants to causes that will meet that need and will make the biggest difference.”

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive of Foundation Scotland added “We are proud to be part of this network of Community Foundations who are passionate about supporting local charities who play a vital role in building resilient communities. ”

Notes to Editors

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland is trusted by over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and public bodies. It provides cost effective and tax efficient services from light touch giving to personalised grant and loan programmes. In-depth knowledge of the charitable and community sectors ensures that client giving has the greatest value.

Foundation Scotland brings a fresh approach to philanthropy and makes the act of giving effective and rewarding. It reaches all corners of Scotland through grassroots grant making and creates high impact in specific areas through major donations, investments and capital initiatives.  

What is a Community Foundation?

Community Foundations are 46 independent charities firmly rooted in local communities. Each Community Foundation has an in-depth understanding of local need and is an expert in making grants and giving advice to small, local charities and community groups to address that need. Community Foundations have an unparalleled reach into local communities and can serve every one of the UK’s postcode.

Find your local Community Foundation here -

What is UK Community Foundations?

UK Community Foundations is the national network for all 46 accredited Community Foundations. Our vision is a society where local philanthropy is the norm, and that through Community Foundations, communities will be able to support all those in need.

Over the past decade, we’ve distributed one billion pounds through Community Foundations so we see first-hand the impact that local charities have. By investing in and supporting our charities, together we can build resilient communities which can thrive

Giving creates stronger communities – we help make places better for everyone to live, work and grow up in; and then to give back to.


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