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

Russell Investments


Russell Logo1As a global employer it is important to Russell Investments to make a positive contribution to communities and countries where their business operates. Their aim is to improve financial security for people and this commitment extends to supporting local communities.

Through their partnership with Foundation Scotland, the Russell Investments Fund is keen to support charities and community groups in the areas that their staff live and work.


To support registered charities and constituted community projects with a focus on:

  • Financial literacy - for adults as well as children and young people;
  • Children & Young People;
  • Further Education – working with people (all age groups) on ‘soft skills’ / confidence building to help individuals move on into further education.

Making A Difference

  •  Groups based and operating in Edinburgh and within 30 miles of the city.


  • Individuals
  • Groups without a constitution and/or bank account;
  • Groups with fewer than 3 members on their management committee or board;
  • Organisations with an income of over £250,000;
  • Grant requests for less than 25% of the total project cost;
  • General fundraising appeals or activities;
  • Groups whose grant request is for the advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups);
  • The purchase of second hand vehicles;
  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts;
  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on an application (retrospective funding);
  • Trips abroad;
  • Payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities;
  • Groups who will then distribute the funds as grants or bursaries;
  • Applications that are for the sole benefit to flora and fauna. Applicants are invited to demonstrate the direct benefit to the local community and/or service users in cases where the grant application is concerned with flora and fauna.
  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland.


This is a rolling programme through our express grants scheme.

How to Apply

Via our express grants programme

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