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

ScotRail Employee Charitable Giving Fund


ScotRail is connecting Scotland - delivering door-step to destination solutions and enhancing the connection between people and communities. As employers, they recognise the critical role that employees play in delivering that vision. 


The £10,000 ScotRail Employee Charitable Support Fund contributes towards employee fundraising efforts for the causes that matter to them by matching fundraising up to £250. 

Making A Difference

The Employee Charitable Support Fund is underlined by ScotRail’s 5 Pillars of Corporate Giving which are Good Health and Wellbeing; Quality Education; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Life on Land, and Celebrate Rail.
Matched funding will be available to support charities that:

  • Promote positive mental health and wellbeing; and/or

  • Target improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools; and/or

  • Aim to improve the community’s environmental impact at a local level, encourage recycling or upcycling, or run environmental information or outreach programmes; and/or

  • Work to help reduce the loss of biodiversity, or protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species; and/or

  • Celebrate rail through the arts and local activity programmes.


The fund will not support applications for:

  • Employees who have already received match funding in the current financial year.

  • Nominated organisations that aren’t registered charities


Applications will be considered on a monthly basis. 


Who can apply? 

The Fund is open to permanent Abellio ScotRail employees 


Eligibility Checklist

  • You must be able to demonstrate your existing fundraising total. (Confirmation of this must be submitted with application form e.g. page or sponsor sheet and the amount shown at time of application will be the match funding figure taken into account.

  • You must be fundraising on behalf of a registered charity

  • You must have already started or completed your fundraising and be able to show evidence of your total raised to date.


How To Apply

Please complete the online application form


Get In Touch

If you require any further information, please contact Foundation Scotland:


How to Apply

Please complete the online application form

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