Scotland’s Community Foundation, Foundation Scotland, has distributed £1.2 Million to over 300 groups since launching its new emergency fund set up to support local charities and grassroots organisations across the country that are rapidly responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Foundation Scotland is now appealing to organisations in Stornoway and the Outer Hebrides to come forward and apply.

The Foundation Scotland Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund, delivered in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, allows eligible groups to apply for grants between £1,000-£5,000.  

The primary focus is to support groups that are adapting to local needs such as projects reaching vulnerable people that are self-isolating, vital help for foodbanks, aid for community response co-ordination, the purchase of safety equipment for caring groups and funds for those supporting health and wellbeing needs with COVID-19.

The Community Foundation has designed a quick and simple online application form and is operating a swift turnaround time of just 72-hours so that groups receive support as rapidly as possible.  

The Community Foundation is eager to distribute funds to communities in need urgently and is appealing to local groups to apply.

Chief Executive of Foundation Scotland, Giles Ruck, said “In this time of national crisis, it is critical to distribute funds quickly to where they are most urgently needed. The Foundation Scotland Response Fund is offering that emergency funding now, we have a typical turnaround time of 72 hours from application to payment.

"Organisations that applied last week have already received essential funds.  We are assessing some incredible applications from dedicated organisations that are responding quickly and imaginatively to the challenges of COVID-19.  We are eager to encourage other charities and community groups in need to apply so that funds can continue to reach those most in need through this challenging time.”

For more details, eligibility criteria and to apply online visit https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/