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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Views sought for potential Enterprise Fund

10 April 2014

Foundation Scotland is undertaking  research on behalf of SSE to determine the level of need for an Enterprise Fund, specifically for the area of benefit as defined by the SSE Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund, serving the Community Council areas of Aberfeldy, Dunkeld & Birnam, Kenmore & District, Mid Atholl, Strathay & Grandtully and Dull & Weem.

It is anticipated that this additional one-off Fund will be in the region of £500,000 and will invest in enterprise development across this area. The aspiration is that the Fund will be a dedicated resource for local small businesses, social enterprises and other third sector organisations to support training, enterprise, development and sustainable job creation.

As with the SSE Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund, any awards made from the new Fund must demonstrate clear community benefit.

We are now seeking the views of local businesses, social enterprises and third sector organisations within the area as to the level of need for enterprise support, training, apprenticeship/placement schemes and to identify any other areas of support required by the local business, social enterprise and educational community.

Responses to this questionnaire will help shape the Fund and how it supports local local employability, training and business growth.

It is anticipated that this Fund will be complementary to existing programmes of support from other providers.

It is the aspiration of SSE that the Fund retains some level of sustainability and we welcome your thoughts on how this could be achieved.

If you own or run a business, social enterprise or third sector organisation in the above area please take ten minutes to let us know what you think by completing the survey. Should any of your answers be used in any publication, they will be anonymised.

Please submit your responses by Sunday 11th May.


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