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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Women's Fund for Scotland Invites Applications to new Grant Making Programme

09 May 2016

Thanks to a £600k grant from the UK Government’s Tampon Tax Fund, the Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) is inviting applications to a new grant making programme from community organisations across the country who empower women and girls to reach their full potential.

This significant boost to funding has allowed the Women’s Fund for Scotland to extend its grant making. Whilst retaining its existing small grants programme, which distributes grants of £500 to £2000, the WFS is introducing a multi-year large grants programme – up to £30,000 over 3 years. It has also removed the cap of £250,000 on annual turnover to allow charities and community groups of any size to apply.

The Women’s Fund for Scotland is a constituent Fund of Foundation Scotland. It benefits from the Foundation’s robust governance, infrastructure and grant making expertise to ensure that funding gets to grass roots community organisations where it can achieve lasting impact.

Applications can be made using a simple online process on the Foundation Scotland website. The first deadline is 28th June this year. The large grants programme is a two stage process, which requires completion of a short enquiry form. This will be reviewed by Foundation staff and if it meets relevant criteria, groups will be invited to make a full application. Final decisions for all applications will be made by the Foundation Scotland grants panel. The first awards will be made in September.

Applications must meet at least one of four investment themes; Building skills and confidence, improving health and well-being; building social networks and moving on from violence. More detailed information for applicants is available on the Women’s Fund page on the Foundation’s website

Shona Blakeley Development Manager, WFS added, “This is a huge opportunity for us to extend our reach and fund even more community groups working with women and girls across Scotland. We hope the significant increase in funding will lead to a growth in the number and range of applications. We are keen to identify community based groups who haven’t applied before as well as continuing to support organisations we know are having a major impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today. By removing the £250K income cap we also hope to attractmore applications from larger organisations doing amazing work within their communities.”

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: “I am very pleased that the UK Government is investing £600,000 in supporting projects in Scotland helping women and girls reach their full potential. I encourage community groups large and small to apply for grants to help their work.”

To apply please visit /programmes/womens-fund-for-scotland/ no later than 28th June 2016.

For more information on the work of the Women’s Fund for Scotland please visit


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Notes to Editors

The Women’s Fund for Scotland was launched in 2002 with £1M of Scottish Government funding and some additional fundraising. For the next ten years WFS distributed £1.4M in grants to over 550 community groups across Scotland. As funding from the Scottish Government ended the group underwent a period of research and renewal to make sure it had a local impact ahead of a high profile re-launch in 2013 as a constituent fund of Foundation Scotland. It has been independently funded since the re-launch with support from individuals, Trusts and companies and has made a further 61 grants with a total value of £160,000 approx. via the Foundation’s express grants programme and in grant making showcases.

The WFS is pro-women, unique, ambitious and politically neutral. WFS believes that women are stronger together and provides grassroots funding to projects run by and for women either as start-up funds or to help pilot new initiatives.

Their mission is to make grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s growth, self-sufficient and social economic equality. The funding from the Tampon Tax Fund will enable WFS to increase the size and scope of their grant making in line with this mission.

WFS vision is of a Scotland that is safe, healthy, and prosperous and connected because women and girls have been encourage and supported to reach their full potential.


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