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

Local Solutions


Foundation Scotland believes that supporting grassroots provision, where locally based and managed services have the ability to tailor their services to the communities that they know best, can make a real difference to the lives of people they are supporting.   

The local solutions programme specifically focuses on locally based organisations that provide locally relevant solutions to preventing some of the core disadvantages faced by Scotland’s communities. 

Making A Difference

The programme will support applications of up to £5000 which are seeking to address at least one of the following:

  • Homelessness
  • Offending
  • Substance dependency
  • Mental health including loneliness and isolation
  • Domestic abuse and violence


This could include for example services which provide holistic support to people suffering from mental health issues or other complex needs, including dependency on drugs or alcohol which can be the root cause of homelessness or that take a preventative approach through the provision of advocacy and support in areas such as benefits advice, budgeting and life skills, employability, education or activities that enables the building of support networks.


The fund will not support applications from/for:

  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £250,000
  • Statutory organisations
  • Work in schools, during school/lesson hours
  • Individuals
  • Grant requests for less than 25% (one quarter) of the project costs
  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on funding (retrospective funding)
  • Trips abroad
  • The purchase of second hand vehicles
  • General fundraising appeals or activities
  • Projects which are for the advancement of religion or politics 
  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland


The closing date for the receipt of applications will be 30th March 2020 at 12 noon.


Decisions communicated by

12 noon, 30th March

30th June 2020 (please ensure your project start date is NOT before this date as we are unable to fund retrospectively.)

How to Apply

The fund is currently closed for applications

If you have any queries and wish to speak to a member of our team prior to the submission of your application then please contact  or call 0141 341 4960

Please look at the most common reasons why applications get rejected prior to completing the online application

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