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.


Acknowledge & Close

Baillie Gifford

Free Room Hire


Thanks to a donation from Baillie Gifford, Foundation Scotland is delighted to be able to offer small charities and community groups the opportunity to use our meeting rooms at no cost.

Meeting rooms can be booked either for a full day or two half days. Meetings taking place during office hours will get priority. Evening meetings (Monday to Thursday) will be considered in some circumstances. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate weekend bookings.

Our meeting spaces are comfortable, well-appointed with nice coffee and teas available free of charge. The central location right beside Waverley station makes this a very convenient venue. 

BG Room Hire Quote

Making A Difference

You may also apply for a small grant of £100 to cover your travel and subsistence expenses if your organisation has an income below £250,000.


Please don’t apply for meeting room space if your organisation has an income of over £1m.


There are a limited number of spaces available and these will be offered on a first come first served basis.

How to Apply

Please use our online application form.

There are no application deadlines but we expect you to use the meeting room before the end of March 2020.

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