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 Volant Charitable Trust 

Background

Foundation Scotland is proud to deliver the Volant Charitable Trust Open Grants Programme.

Aim

The Volant Trust’s aim is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. 

Priorities

The Volant Charitable Trust furthers its aim by supporting Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk. Projects must demonstrate a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.

Specific programme areas that the fund includes support for include:

Women: Victims of sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence and those working in the sex industry; care for young mothers and those affected by postnatal depression, isolated and lone parents; community support for black and minority ethic women and asylum seekers; support services for women prisoners and their families.

Children and young people
Counselling, support services and outreach projects for those who are disadvantaged or deemed to be at risk through neglect, emotional and physical abuse, alcohol or drug misuse.

Poverty and deprivation
Mental health projects for women and children; support for vulnerable families; promotion of healthy eating for families in areas of extreme deprivation.

 

Exclusions

The Volant Charitable Trust will not support:

  • Individuals and non-constituted groups

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland 

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Contributions to major capital projects.

  • Groups who will then distribute the funds as grants or bursaries 

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts

  • Trips abroad 

  • Retrospective funding i.e. costs already incurred/activities already taken place

  • The advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups). 

  • Areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities

 

Timescales

  • To receive a decision by April 2021 all enquiry forms must be submitted between 1st July and 31st October 2020.

  • To receive a decision by October 2021 all enquiry forms must be submitted between 11th January and 30th April 2021.

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the enquiry form.

To find out more about the types of projects the Volant Charitable Trust supports, please visit our grant map.

Further information on the Volant Charitable Trust is available on their website

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