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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Aberdeen communities to benefit from new £3m wind farm community benefit fund

14 January 2019

Charities and community groups across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are set to benefit from £3m of funding from the new Unlock our Future Fund which opens for applications today (14th January 2019).

Vattenfall, the operator of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), is annually investing £150,000 to a community benefit scheme for the 20-year lifetime of the pioneering project. A local panel of community champions has been established to make decisions about the fund, with Foundation Scotland being appointed fund administrator.

The fund has four key priorities and all eligible projects must demonstrate how they will meet all four of these priorities:

  • Contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core
  • Invest in community facilities and/or activities that are fit for the future
  • Be innovative
  • Ensure a legacy and lasting impact which clearly brings benefit to the local
  • community.

A series of drop in sessions has also been organised for those seeking application support. At these sessions potential applicants will be able meet members of the panel, Foundation Scotland representatives and some other key organisations and funders who may be able to support groups with their applications.

Date & time  Venue
14th January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Balmedie Leisure Centre, AB23 8YF
15th January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Inverurie Town Hall, AB51 3SN
17th January 2019 from 4pm-8pm  Stonehaven Town Hall, AB39 2BU
21st January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Aberdeen Science Centre, AB25 1HU
22nd January 2019 from 3pm-7pm  Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre, AB43 9TH

Natalie Ghazi Vattenfall’s Local Liaison Officer for the EOWDC, said: “Over the last couple of years we have been working with local stakeholders and community organisations to shape the £3m Unlock our Future Fund so that it delivers on the needs of local people from across the city and shire. The fund launch gives groups the opportunity to submit innovative, sustainable and fossil fuel free project proposals that will benefit communities across the region. To support applicants we have rolled out a series of application drop in sessions to further explain the vision for this change-making fund. We look forward to seeing community representatives there.”

Closing date for applications to the fund is 15th April. Full details about the fund and how to apply can be found at /programmes/unlock-our-future-fund/ or contact Foundation Scotland local representative Iain Catto t: 0791 275 9525 or email:

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