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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Wesleyan Foundation

Large Grants


Wesleyan Foundation aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups across Scotland.

The large grants programme is open to applications for grants between £2,000 and £10,000 from constituted organisations that focus on:

  • Health: projects promoting health and wellbeing

  • Social: projects providing local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion, and develop sustainable and supportive communities

  • Education: educational projects enhancing learning, upskilling, and developing career opportunities, and supporting people to move towards employment 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants between £2,000 and £10,000 are available

  • Your grant request must be no more than 20% of the group’s annual income, and no more than 10% of the costs requested can be assigned to operational/core costs

  • Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes e.g. consumables, activity or project costs

  • Any requests for salary, equipment, volunteer costs must be clearly budgeted and only used for the project.  Evidence will be requested as part of grant monitoring

  • All applicants will be expected to report against a minimum of one of the three key ‘impact’ indicators; social, health and/or education

Grants will be considered from constituted organistions who are supporting at least one of the following themes during these unprecedented times due to COVID-19. Projects must adhere to government guidelines in terms of social distancing etc.

  • Mental Health – all age groups

  • Bereavement

  • Domestic Violence (including women’s refuges)

  • Isolation /befriending /listening

  • The vulnerable and elderly

  • Dementia / quality of life

  • Social prescribing – alleviating the pressure from the NHS

  • Getting back to work – innovative travel (cycle schemes)/ reducing carbon footprint

  • Employment – reskilling people (not so much those that support with CV writing) but those that actively prepare people for a new job / new career etc interview prep etc

  • Outdoor projects – making changes to enable services to be delivered outside

  • Personal Social Education

Who Can Apply

  • Only constituted groups, with a governing document, can apply

  • Organisations been in operation for a minimum of 2 years

  • Annual income in the most recent financial year must be less than £500,000

  • 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


  • Individuals or sole traders

  • Newly established organisations (must be established for at least 2 years)

  • Organisations with incomes over £500,000

  • Projects starting before 17th September 2020

  • Drama, the arts, and/or media focused projects

  • Arts and crafts activities/groups

  • Sports clubs and societies (unless the project supports the physically disabled)

  • Contact sports such as boxing

  • Statutory work in educational institutions

  • Capital Builds

  • Overseas travel or expeditions

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

  • Direct Replacement of statutory obligation and public funding

  • Groups with significant financial free reserves

  • Contribution to an endowment fund, payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans

  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (e.g. disabled riding schemes)

  • Organisations or charities which are solely to promote any particular religion or political activities

  • Sponsorship purposes or funding purely for costs of fund raising events

  • Organisations who have indicated poor management of any previous grants or who present poor financial health

  • Schools, Churches or PTA’s unless wider community benefit is demonstrated

  • Purchase of second hand vehicles

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

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland


Deadline for completed applications is 12 noon Thursday 9th July.  Please ensure all supporting documents are submitted along with your application. 

We strongly encourage applicants do not to leave it until the deadline to apply. There are limited funds available, therefore we may close earlier than the published deadline should we receive a high volume of applications.

How to Apply

Programme is now closed

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