£290,000 donated to Scottish Charities

Forty-one Scottish charities are benefiting from an award of nearly £290,000 in the second tranche of donations from the Bank of Scotland Foundation.  This latest tranche brings the Foundation's donations for 2011 so far to almost £650,000, across seventy-one charities in Scotland.

Regional awards: -

  • Central Scotland (5 charities) - £33,816
  • Glasgow (6) - £43,379
  • Highland and Islands (5) - £36,196
  • Lothian (10) - £64,640
  • Mid Scotland and Fife (3) - £16,036
  • North East Scotland (5) - £52,431
  • South Scotland (5) - £24,729

A further £15,694 was awarded to two charities that provide national, rather than localised, benefit to Scotland.

A further £60,000 will be distributed in the coming weeks.

The awards from this latest tranche cover a wide range of charities including the Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health; Reforesting Scotland, Argyll; Gorebridge Community Development Trust and Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as national charities Capability Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. 

In today's economic climate, funding is vital for charities' day to day running. The Foundation's donation will help some of the charities to: -

  • cover overheads such as rent and running costs;
  • set up an information service that supports learning and employment opportunities for young people; 
  • improve kitchen facilities and access to centres for the disabled; 
  • cover transport costs for befriending projects

Kate Guthrie, HR Director, Insurance and Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees commented, “We received an overwhelming response for the second tranche of the Small Grants Programme – more than double we received for the first. There are so many charities in Scotland urgently needing funding so they can continue to support their local communities and we are delighted to be able to help a number of them each year. We know they will bring valuable support throughout Scotland and in the communities they work closely with.”

The Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity working with charities across Scotland supporting people and their local communities.  The Foundation receives an annual donation of £1m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund the Foundation's Small Grants Programme and Employee Matched Giving Scheme. 

The final tranche of funding for 2011 is now open and charities have until Friday 14 October to send in their applications. 

Notes to Editors

Applications are accepted up to and including £20,000 for the Small Grants Programme and grants are awarded for one year only. Full details and a Small Grants application form can be downloaded from the website at www.bankofscotlandfoundation.org as well as information on our Matched Giving Scheme.

Charities that received grants in tranche 2:

£4,999 and under
Biggar Youth Project
Engross Theatre Group
Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health
Getting Better Together
Gorebridge Community Development Trust
Gorebridge Opportunities Ltd
Home-Start East Fife
Mid Argyll Transport Volunteers
Mid Calder Colts Community Football Association
Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project
Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian Ltd
The Hollies Day Centre

£5,000 - £9,999
Almond Mains Initiative
Birchwood Highland
Findhorn Village Centre
Flourish House
Gordon Rural Action
Home-Start Edinburgh West & South West

£5,000 - £9,999 (cont)
Home-Start Levenmouth
North Glasgow Community Food Initiative
People First (Fraserburgh)
Pilmeny Youth Centre
Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre
Safe Space
Sikh Sanjog
Starter Packs Angus
Temple/Shafton Youth Project
The Laggan Forest Trust
The Village Centre Limited

£10,000 - £20,000
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland
Arden Chill Out
Capability Scotland
Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian
Coatbridge Citizens Advice Bureau
Enable Ace Lanarkshire
Eric Liddell Centre
Kincardine and Deeside Befriending
North East Sensory Services
Phoenix Futures
Reforesting Scotland

For further information:
Zoe Redhead, Bank of Scotland press office
0131 655 5405