The Essentia Foundation


The Essentia Foundation is a charity that once operated Health and Social Welfare telephone counselling and information services supported by data processing and analysis in the field of public information. Their clients included HEBS, the Scottish Government, the Department of Health and the Central Office of Information as well as pharmaceutical companies. When the company was sold, the Essentia Foundation grantmaking programme was established. The Foundation has previously supported the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard and the Scottish Child Law Society as well as a number of social enterprises.


The focus of the Essentia Foundation is on projects which demonstrate a clear fit with at least one of the following themes:

  • Social Enterprises

  • Projects supporting young people

  • Health including sexual health and mental illness

  • Education

  • Older People

Within these themes, we are particularly looking for organisations demonstrating the following:

  • strong partnerships with other statutory and voluntary sector service providers working in the field and providing complementary services

  • clear systems in place to monitor the project’s outcomes and demonstrate the difference you are making to people’s lives

Who can apply?

You may be a community group, registered charity, Community Interest Company or Social Enterprise. However, your organisational income should not exceed £250,000 per annum. 

Your organisation will need to have the following elements in place prior to an application:

  • A governing document (e.g. a constitution) signed by two members of the committee

  • An active management committee of at least three people (who are not related)

  • Recent accounts signed by an independent examiner or, if you are a new group a financial projection of income and expenditure for the next year 

  • A bank account in the name of the group, with at least 2 unrelated signatories

  • A safeguarding policy if working with children and/or vulnerable adults


We do not provide grants for profit-making organisations or activities, statutory organisations (e.g. schools), or individuals. We do not fund religious or political activities or give retrospective grants, (i.e. applications must be for projects starting on or after 1st September 2017).


Please note this fund is now closed.

How to Apply

This fund is now closed.

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