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.


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Co-op Food Fund

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Over the summer, Co-op customers across the UK raised £1.5m to help those going hungry by buying items from their picnic range, with 20p per item being donated to the National Emergencies Trust (NET). As NETs official partner in Scotland, we are distributing a percentage of these funds to programmes in Scotland that provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty.


The Co-op Food Fund aims to support organisations or projects that provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty in Scotland.

  • Easy access to nutritious food and balanced means to those on a limited budget
  • Education and learning on low cost meal solutions, limiting food waste and shopping smartly
  • Support to future generations by prioritising the wellbeing of children and young people struggling with food insecurity
  • Provide locally delivered food programmes for vulnerable communities and which help address food insecurity and its impacts


Grants between £1,000 and 5,000 are available


Examples of Projects 

The types of programmes that this funding could support are, but not limited to:

  • Foodbanks
  • Programmes that tackle food waste
  • Programmes that encourage healthy eating
  • Holiday hunger schemes


Who Can Apply?

  • Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply
  • A bank account must be set up in the name of the group
  • All appointed cheque signatories must be unrelated, and there must be at least 2.
  • There must be at least 3 unrelated members on your management committee
  • The majority of your committee members must be unrelated.
  • Committee meetings must have a quorum of at least 3 unrelated members present


Please note that funding can only support projects which commence after 21st December.


  • Private organisations operating as a business to make profit
  • Statutory organisations
  • Individuals
  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on funding (retrospective funding)
  • General fundraising appeals or activities
  • Projects which are for the advancement of religion or politics (however, we can accept applications from faith groups where there is clear benefit for the wider community irrespective of religious beliefs)
  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland


Application deadline: 12 noon on Friday 13th November 2020.

This programme may close earlier than the stated deadline should we receive a high volume of applications, therefore we advise you to apply as soon as you can.

Please note that if your project starts before the 21st December 2020, then you cannot apply.  Please note that successful applicants must be able to spend all of the funding by no later than 1st July 2021

How to Apply

This programme is now closed.

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