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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Women's Fund for Scotland


The Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) makes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality.  Established in 2002, the Fund has distributed almost £2m in grants to over 700 community groups and local charities run by or for women.

The Women’s Fund for Scotland has secured funds to run a Covid Emergency Response Fund (CERF).  The second round of funding for this programme is now open for applications.


WFS aims to promote systemic change in Scotland to empower women, and to help overcome the multiple disadvantages and discriminatory practices that females experience throughout their lives. Their vision is of a Scotland in which women participate equally at all levels of society, free from any barriers to full and equal engagement in political, institutional, economic, and cultural life, including freedom from the fear of sex-based violence.

The Women’s Fund for Scotland makes grants across five key themes:

  • Building skills and confidence

  • Improving health and well-being

  • Growing social connections

  • Moving on from abuse

  • Developing leadership and innovation

Making A Difference

All applications will be considered according to WFS funding priorities. Applications which most clearly fit one or more of these will be prioritised. They are:

  • Priority for women’s organisations, especially those run by and for women.

  • Priority for community-based organisations running projects with women and girls.

  • To ensure so far as possible Scotland-wide distribution of funds

  • Helping disadvantaged women and girls

  • Empowering women and making a tangible difference to their lives

  • Supporting women to escape and recover from domestic, sexual, and sex-based violence

  • Using our limited resources for maximum long-term impact

  • To support the Scottish Government’s wider strategic objectives


Grants of up to £5,000 are available under the following 2 areas: 

Emergency Response

This is intended to equip organisations to deal with the changes required because of the Covid-19 outbreak, to provide – so far as possible – the seamless provision of services. WFS does not anticipate that many new applications will fall into this stage, but also recognises that this may change especially if there is a ‘second wave’ of infections. For example:

  • Maintaining existing service provision by

    • Moving service provision on-line

    • Developing new methods of service delivery that do not require face to face contact

  • Unrestricted  funding to cover a temporary shortfall in income on which the organisation previously relied. For example, a loss of income from charity shops, sales, or membership fees.

  • The provision of additional support services, or occasionally additional staff hours, where demand is increased directly because of the pandemic, where these are in line with the existing substantive work of the organisation.

  • The development of a new service to address specific issues arising from Covid-19 regulations. (E.g. an online chat facility for women unable talk in private as they cannot easily leave the house due to lockdown regulations.)

Recovery and Resilience

Funding under this heading is intended to support organisations adapting their normal working practices to conform to any Government guidelines relating to Covid-19, whilst continuing to meet the needs of the women and girls they work with. Organisational recovery and resilience may sometimes include the type of issues occurring in the emergency response stage. But additionally, could cover:

  • Longer-term adjustments needed to meet new practices that are required for effective infection control, beyond the period of lockdown.

  • The provision of additional hours on a temporary basis, e.g. to allow two small groups to meet instead of one large group.

  • Meet ongoing loss of income to allow organisations a breathing space to recover their initial position.


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 three unrelated members on your management committee or board?

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

  • Is your income less than £1,000,000 in your most recent annual accounts?

  • 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

  • Do 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.)


  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £1,000,000 (priority is given to those with an income of less than £500,000)

  • Projects primarily targeted at girls under the age of 12

  • Projects for mixed groups (i.e. males and females)

  • Statutory organisations

  • Work in schools, during school/lesson hours

  • Individuals

  • Grant requests for less than 25% (one quarter) of the total project cost

  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before 28th September 2020 (retrospective funding)

  • Trips abroad

  • The purchase of second hand vehicles

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland

  • Projects which are currently in receipt of an WFS award (you will need to wait for eight months from the date your grant was approved prior to re-applying)

  • Uniformed, political, or religious organisations except where they are running a project which would otherwise be eligible, and which does not promote any religion or a political purpose. (For example, a project promoting women’s participation in the political process may be eligible where it is for women of all political persuasions.)


In 2020 there will be one round, the deadline for receiving completed application forms and supporting documentation by 4pm on the 10th of August 2020.

Decisions will be communicated the week of the 28th of September so please note your project cannot start incurring costs related to this application before this date.

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form

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