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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Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

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In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust we are providing funding to support constituted community groups and charities that are responding to and impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The focus of the funding is to support the following:

    • Support for the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained
    • Support to groups and activities supporting vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc.)
    • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
    • Support to aid community response coordination
    • Support for volunteer costs for new and existing organisations
    • Additional costs to support a move to remote working
    • Adapting services to allow organisation to continue to deliver services to the community
    • Additional financial support as required for organisations providing emotional support, mental health and wellbeing and bereavement support
    • Support for advocacy and advice particularly around financial hardship


Interested applicants are encouraged to read the FAQ's and Fund Guidance notes before applying online.

Examples of the type of costs we might fund:

    • Mobile phone credit for a youth service provider to give to vulnerable young people so they can stay in touch
    • Supermarket vouchers for foodbanks to hand out in place of goods as their stock becomes limited
    • Additional funds to allow a community run shop to purchase extra stock so they can remain open or add a delivery service
    • Funding to ensure that organisations have the right devices to support remote working to keep their operation going 
    • Support to allow organisations to adapt and change their approach e.g. purchase of training and or additional resources.
    • Provision of materials and activities for groups to continue to provide support to their beneficiaries.
    • Support for additional staff hours or a contribution to core costs to ensure you can continue to deliver your service in a new way  


Due to the volume of applications being made we are unable to take individual queries or discuss your project prior to applying therefore we encourage you to just go ahead and submit an application and we will review it then. 

Organisations must have an income of less than £250,000 to apply to this fund.

For organisations who don’t meet our eligibility criteria please note the Scottish Government’s £33 million Wellbeing Fund is now open.

Please note that we cannot support loss of income.  Organisations seeking funding to assist with loss of income or support ongoing salary costs please visit the SCVO website for details on the Third Sector Resilience Fund, Wellbeing Fund and Supporting Communities Fund.

Donations to the Fund

If you’d like to offer your support to the Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund we are able to receive donations directly. Your donation will be used alongside all monies raised by the national appeal by the National Emergencies Trust, all monies raised will be distributed within Scotland.

To donate online please visit our dedicated RRR JustGiving page.

If you are a business, funder or an individual that would prefer to give by BACS, you can do so by using the following details:

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Sort code: 83-06-08

Account Number: 10959627

Please do let us know by emailing development@foundationscotland if you make a BACS payment so we can track your donation to the correct fund.

Thank you.

How to Apply

Please read the fund's guidance notes and the fund's FAQ prior to completing an online application form.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines.

Find out what's been funded

Donate to the fund


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