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

Grants from £1,000 - £5,000

Shetland Carers

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, we're providing funding to support charities and constituted community groups that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Our Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund launched at the end of March and by 1st November had distributed just over £6 million in funds to 1,180 charities and community groups the length of Scotland. 

The Response phase of the fund focussed on meeting the most immediate needs of our communities, a crisis support. As some lockdown restrictions were lifted we moved to our Recovery phase in August. Funding focussed more on enabling organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, and to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations. 

Now, as we enter tighter restrictions once again, it's becoming more evident that Covid-19 will impact on third sector operations well into 2021 and perhaps beyond.  Whilst we will continue to provide emergency support for those who need it, we will be moving to our Resilience phase on 1st December. 

From December, the fund's priorities will focus on supporting organisations with their long-term planning, helping them become more sustainable in the future, despite the continued uncertainty. More information on the Resilience phase will be published here late November. Whilst we move into the final phase, please be assured that the fund will not close at any time.


The current focus of funding is to provide:

  • 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 (for example the elderly or those people with pre-existing medical conditions)
  • 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 and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional financial support as required for organisations providing emotional support, mental health and wellbeing and bereavement support


Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available.

Making A Difference

Priority areas are organisations or projects supporting those who are:

  • Experiencing, or at risk of domestic abuse
  • Experiencing poor or worsening mental health (e.g. compulsion, dependencies, depression, isolation, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders)
  • Experiencing poor or worsening physical health.
  • Living with poor, interrupted, or impaired access to food, shelter, and necessary amenities (e.g. sanitation, heat).
  • Experiencing poor or interrupted access to critical advice, services, or care (owing to poor digital access, language barriers, physical or cognitive restrictions, changing circumstances etc.).
  • In poverty or at risk of poverty or destitution (especially those with no recourse to public funds).
  • Experiencing bereavement.
  • Living with conditions or in situations that increase risk related to COVID-19 e.g. comorbidities, crowded housing
  • Receiving low quality education or with poor access to education. 


How Funds Might Be Used

  • Support for foodbanks to continue to support those shielding and or struggling due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Funding to ensure organisations have the right devices to support remote working to keep their operation going and deliver services online or via phone
  • Support to allow organisations to change their approach or adapt their services to meet social distancing guidelines.
  • Support in adapting outdoor activities and spaces to enable services to safely continue during the winter months.
  • Support to develop specific resources/infrastructure to deal with mental health issues e.g. employing counselling staff, or appropriate training for staff and volunteers, and mental health support for staff and volunteers.
  • Training and resources for charities and communities to provide guidance on changes to operation and working practices to allow them to delivery services safely
  • Advocacy, money, and housing rights advice to prevent/reduce financial hardship
  • Social prescribing models to support well-being



  • Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply
  • A bank account must be set up in the name of the group
  • All appointed cheque signatories must be unrelated, and there must be at least 2.
  • There must be at least 3 unrelated members on your management committee
  • The majority of your committee members must be unrelated.
  • Committee meetings must have a quorum of at least 3 unrelated members present


*Please note that previous applicants to our Response phase are welcome to apply again for Recovery funding. However, please double check the updated eligibility criteria to make sure you're still eligible.


  • Private organisations operating as a business to make profit
  • Statutory organisations 
  • Individuals
  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on funding (retrospective funding)
  • General fundraising appeals or activities
  • Projects which are for the advancement of religion or politics (however, we can accept applications from faith groups where there is clear benefit for the wider community irrespective of religious beliefs)
  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland
  • Projects aimed exclusively at animal, wildlife and conservation related charities or projects
  • Generally, day to day operating costs where you are not providing COVID-19 related support – this fund is specifically for responding or adapting as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.


Applications are now open and grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available. Due to a limit in funds we encourage organisations to submit their online application at their earliest opportunity to avoid disappoinment. 

To avoid any delays or possible rejection please ensure you include all the necessary supporting documentation when applying. These include:

  • A copy of your constitution / governing document
  • A copy of your most recent annual accounts which must be signed by the independent examiner
  • New groups, which haven’t completed their first year’s accounts yet, must provide a projection of income and expenditure for the first year of operation.
  • A copy of your most official recent bank statement showing the bank, your group name as the account holder, the account number and sort code.
  • Management Committee template – please refer to your registration email.
  • Children / Vulnerable Adults Policy if applicable
  • A photograph of your service in action that can be used in publicity should you be successful.


An assessor may contact you to arrange a short telephone conversation to learn more about your project and request for funding.  

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by email. 

How to Apply

Please make sure you have fully read and understood the fund criteria and FAQs then proceed to our online application form. Due to high call volumes we cannot answer every individual enquiry, you may find the information you need below.

Fund FAQs

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Important Note: Due to the high number of applications we won't contact you if your application is incomplete or missing any supporting documents. Please ensure everything is in order before submitting your application and documents. 

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