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

Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

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Our Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund is temporarily paused and not accepting any new applications. This will allow us to assess all remaining applications for the Response phase and develop new funding criteria for Recovery.

The fund was launched in partnership National Emergencies Trust on 27th March to help small charities and constituted groups across Scotland meet the immediate needs of their communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The initial Response phase of the fund has attracted over 900 applications and so far, we have distributed more than 650 grants and £2.8m in funds to communities right across Scotland.

Fund Update

We are now actively planning for the Recovery phase of the fund. Whilst we do this, we are temporarily pausing any new applications for Response funding. We anticipate the fund reopening in July, please keep an eye on this page and our social channels for further updates on the date we'll start accepting new applications.

It is important to note that this fund is only paused temporarily, it is not closed. During this time, we will work closely with the National Emergencies Trust and other funding partners to ensure Recovery funding responds to the greatest needs of our communities and makes the biggest impact to those in need.

Further Support

There are still a number of other organisations who have funding applications open that relate to the coronavirus pandemic.  To find out more please visit the SCVO Information Hub 

Donations to the Fund

As we prepare for the second phase of funding, we are very grateful for any donations to our Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund. More than 650 community groups and small charities have already been positively impacted through the Response phase and we need to continue this vital work for many more months ahead, if not years.

If you’d like to offer your support your donation will be used alongside all monies raised by the national appeal by the National Emergencies Trust. All donations received by us will only 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

This fund is now temporarily paused and applications will reopen in July. 

Find out what's already been funded 

Donate to the fund


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