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

Sustainable Communities Fund


Crown Estate Scotland invests in property, natural resources and people to generate lasting value for Scotland.  The Sustainable Communities Fund has been created to support local regeneration and sustainable development, particularly in coastal areas of Scotland.

The Fund comprises two grant programmes, an Environment Grants Programme for tenants on the Scottish Crown Estate and the Community Capacity Grants Programme. Foundation Scotland are administering the Community Capacity Grants Programme (see below), more information on the Environment Grants Programme can be found on the Crown Estates Scotland website


Community Capacity Grants Programme

Foundation Scotland is administering the Community Capacity Grants Programme on behalf of Crown Estate Scotland. This programme aims to provide early stage financial support for community enterprise projects that contribute to local regeneration and sustainable development and, ultimately, help create great places to live, work and visit. 

Making A Difference

Crown Estate Scotland’s Community Capacity Grants Programme is looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will help achieve the following objectives:

1. Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces, making these places more attractive, accessible, and beneficial to the community

2. Create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits

Awards of between £10,000 to £50,000 for a one year period will be made through this Programme

Please note this programme is NOT for the capital development phase of a project or for the purchase of capital items.

Eligible Areas 

Rural Estates

Up to 5 miles from the Scottish Crown Estate’s four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth). To view the boundry lines for the estates and applicable radius please click here

Coastal Communities

Up to 5 miles from coastal and estuarine foreshore in Scotland. This can be measured on a map and is not necessarily by the miles it takes to travel by road.  For example, if on a map the distance to the coasts is 3 miles in a straight line but to drive it is 6 miles by road your community is still eligible to apply. 


Please consider the additional eligibility requirements before making an application:

  • Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply
  • A bank account must be set up in the name of the group
  • There must be at least 3 unrelated members on your management committee. Committee meetings must have a quorum of at least 3 unrelated members present. There must be no related cheque signatories and a minimum of 2 required to authorise payments.
  • Majority of your committee cannot be family/related


What cannot be supported?

  • Capital cost or equipment. This fund is designed to provide revenue to support first step investment for local projects.   Applications for adaptation to buildings or for large scale capital projects are not eligible nor is the purchasing of equipment.
  • Applications where the area of benefit is more than 5 miles from the coastline or Crown Estate Scotland’s rural estates
  • Applications from individuals or private businesses
  • Applications to advance a campaign or a religious or political cause
  • The promotion of religious beliefs
  • Activities that are understood to be a statutory responsibility and/or seek to replace statutory sources of funding
  • Pre-existing costs that your organisation already incurred as a result of its day to day activities


Application to this programme follows a two-stage process.

Stage One – Expression of Interest

Applicants are invited to submit a short online proposal outlining the project they are seeking funds for. The deadline for submission of these is 12 noon on 8th October 2020. Please make sure you read the Programme Fact Sheet and the Application Guidelines prior to submitting your outline proposal online.

Stage Two - Detailed Application

Those with a strong fit with the objectives of the programme will be invited to submit a full detailed application.

Final decisions for Year One of the Programme will be communicated by the 7th April 2021.

How to Apply

To ensure your project is eligible for funding please read our fact sheet. Due to demand we have also produced a list of FAQs, you can download both below:

Programme FAQs


The fund is now closed

The Environment Grants Programme which is administered directly by the Crown Estate is still open, more information can be found at Crown Estates Scotland website

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