Foundation Scotland – Baillie Gifford Programmes

Foundation Scotland would like to draw attention to three sources of funding that are available from our Baillie Gifford awards programmes. We would greatly appreciate it if you could forward on to any groups and organisations that you feel might benefit from these.

Multi-year Grants

This is an annual programme that offers grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 per year up to a maximum of three years. Note that the fund can support 100% of the project costs if the total cost does not exceed £15,000. The programme can also accept applications that exceed £15,000 over three years so long as the grant request is for at least ¼ of the total project costs. In these cases, the maximum project cost can be for no more than £60,000 over three years. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a fit with one of the following themes.

  • Reducing isolation in Scotland’s communities – this includes all forms of isolation whether due to health, disability, rurality, or projects which aim to tackle barriers to inclusion. This list is not exhaustive.
  • Supporting financial inclusion – this can include food poverty-related projects and those that seek to maximise the income of families that may be struggling due to the impact of Universal Credit, disability, in work poverty and so on.
  • Overcoming homelessness – this includes any work to tackle homelessness in our communities.
  • Improving employability and enterprise, particularly in young people

The deadline for these applications is 4pm on 10 April 2020.

Baillie Gifford Community Awards

This programme runs 4 times a year and offers grants of up to £2,000 (towards a maximum project cost of £8,000).  Applicant organisations should have an annual income of less than £250,000. Priority goes to projects in the following areas:

  • Children and families
  • Elderly
  • Education 
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Physically disabled
  • Homelessness
  • Women
  • Grass Roots Sports

The deadlines for this programme in 2020 are 2 March, 25 May, 24 August and 2 November. 

Free Room Hire

Thanks to a donation from Baillie Gifford, Foundation Scotland is delighted to be able to offer small charities and community groups the opportunity to use our meeting rooms in Edinburgh at no cost.

Meeting rooms can be booked either for a full day or two half days. Meetings taking place during office hours will get priority. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate evening and weekend bookings.

Priority goes to grassroots organisations with an annual income below £1,000,000.  Groups can also apply for a small grant of £100 to help with travel and subsistence expenses (if your organisation has an income below £250,000). 

Foundation Scotland has a Board Room (seats 14) and a seminar room (which can accommodate up to 30 people theatre style).  Both rooms are comfortable with nice coffee and teas available free of charge. The central location right beside Waverley station makes this a very convenient venue for training events, AGMs, Board meetings etc.  First come first served! 

For more information on these opportunities please see the Baillie Gifford webpage:

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