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


Baillie Gifford is one of Scotland’s leading investment management partnerships. They have worked with Foundation Scotland for over ten years and during that time Baillie Gifford has been the largest contributor to Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme.

Use the flow chart to help you decide which stream is most appropriate.

Following a review of their charitable giving Baillie Gifford now offer two different funding streams with a further two streams launching in 2019.

Community Awards Programme - Grants up to £2K 

The fund will support community groups and small charities across Scotland with an income of less than £250,000 The fund can support core costs as well as project costs.  However, we can only support applications where the grant request is at least 25% (one quarter) of the total costs.

Grassroots Sports Fund

The fund will support community groups and small charities who are trying to improve participation or widen access to sports.Small grants of up to £2K are available.

Multi Year Awards

The programme can offer grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 per year up to a maximum of three years towards a maximum total project cost of £60,000 (less if applying for less than £5,000 per year).   

Free Room Hire

Offering small charties and community groups the opportunity to hire Foundation Scotland meeting rooms at no cost.


How to Apply

There are four different funding streams, please click on one of the links below:

Community Awards 

Multi Year Awards 

Grass Roots Sports Fund

Free Room Hire

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