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

The Silverburn Giving Back Project


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The Silverburn Giving Back Project has been set up to celebrate the importance of community.

Foundation Scotland are inviting local charities and constituted organisations to apply for one of 10 grants of £2,000 each.

Making A Difference

The programme will be awarding 10 grants of £2,000 to support the work of registered charities or constituted groups who work in one of the following priority areas :

  • Food bank support and tackling food poverty

  • Providing support services to people affected by domestic violence and abuse

  • Supporting those who are homeless or rough sleeping

  • Providing employment opportunities, enterprise or skills development

Applications will be accepted from registered charities and/or constituted groups delivering projects in the following geographical areas: Pollok, Govan, Glasgow City, Barrhead, Shawlands and Gorbals only.


Eligibility Checklist

Before you proceed, please ensure that you can answer YES to the following questions: 

  • Have you provided a copy of your constitution or other governing document alongside your application?

  • Do you have at least 3 members on your management committee or board?

  • Do you have independently examined and verified annual accounts or a projection of income and expenduture?  (a projection is only appropriate if you are in your first year of operation)

  • Do you have a bank account in the name of your group?

  • Do you have at least two unrelated cheque signatories required to sign your group's cheques?

  • So you have a child and vulnerable adult policy?  (If you work/intend to work with vulnerable adults/children you will need to provide this with your application.)



The fund will not support applications from/for:

  • Projects starting before 1st December 2020

  • Projects taking place outside the stated areas

  • Statutory organisations

  • Work in schools, during school/lesson hours

  • Individuals

  • 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 mainly for the advancement of religion or politics 

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland


Completed applications, with supporting documents, must be received by 12noon on Friday 30th October. 

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 1st December 2020, then you cannot apply.

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form 

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