Fundraising for a great cause
year funds raised by walkers in The RBS Caledonian Challenge support a
variety of grassroots community activity, often on a small scale but always
with a high impact across a diversity of communities. Funds raised also
support the core activities of the Scottish Community Foundation, helping a
unique charity to provide an accessible grantmaking service for community
groups and small local charities. With your help, we can go out and attract
other donors, set up charitable funds on their behalf and support ever more
communities across the country.
In 2006, our tenth
birthday year, we made ten additional £1,000 birthday grants from the
Caledonian Challenge funds. These grants went to charities and community
organisations we currently have relationships with and included:
Crosshouse Action Now
CAN offers a vital role in the community for people who
are unable to perhaps change a light bulb, replace their smoke alarm
batteries or wire plugs. These things are simple daily jobs for many
people, although in some instances the group have had elderly or disabled
people report they have to sit in the dark until someone is able to
This volunteer run group provides opportunities for young
people to take part in all types of outdoor activities i.e. hill walking,
mountain biking, climbing/abseiling, weekend camps/expeditions. They also
give youngsters the opportunity to gain certificates in the above
activities. Virtually all young people can benefit from an "Adventure
Experience", and Ochil Explorers Adventure Club aims to encourage
young people aged 8-16 to seek their adventures through outdoor activities,
and not in anti-social ways such as alcohol, drugs or crime.
To provide an
organic bakery and coffee shop in the centre of Aberdeen for adults with
learning disabilities who are currently placed in day centres (now
apprentices). They will be offered meaningful work and training with the
aim of finding full time employment outside the business for two or three
apprentices after two or three years training. Also offering a number of
apprentices part time positions within the "bread maker".
HAPIS (Highland Antenatal &
Postnatal Illness Support)
HAIPS provides support, Friendship
and information to those mothers/partners and their families who are
experiencing post natal depression. Educate and inform our community to
dispel the stigma of mental illness.
People’s Advocacy Service Dumfries &
To provide a free, confidential and independent
advocacy service to people who experience vulnerability. To enable such
people to involve themselves in processes which affect them. To promote
and provide training in the field of advocacy. To promote a general
understanding and awareness of the right of vulnerable people.
Border Women’s Aid
1 in 4
women in Scotland will experience domestic abuse which is why an
organisation like Border Women's Aid is so vital. They offer safe
accommodation, information and support to single women, and women with
children who wish to escape domestic violence or abuse. They carry out a
wide range of work with the aim to end domestic violence against women and
children. Services include; providing temporary accommodation, counselling
and support services, provision of information, training, conferences,
resources and guidance.
Showcase the Street
To ensure young people from
deprived areas and areas of rural isolation were given affordable and
inclusive access to skills such as dance, animation, drama, recording
studio work, vocal skills and media work. They base themselves in areas
where they can sustain their work rather than simple workshops. They also
work with agencies to provide places for young people suffering behavioural
problems or school exclusion issues, as well as those needing additional
skills and confidence.
Home-Start Mid Argyll, Jura &
Home-Start Mid Agyll, Jura, Islay and Kintyre provides a
home visiting service, supporting families with at least one child under 5
through regular support, friendship and practical help. By visiting and
supporting families Home-Start Mid Argyll Jura, Islay and Kintyre helps
parents get involved in their community and make use of, or create services
which may benefit themselves, their families and the wider community.
The Hidden Gardens are a major social and environmental regeneration
project, which has transformed an area of wasteland in one of the most
deprived areas of South Glasgow, into a permanent tranquil and
inspirational garden. The function is not only as a passive greenspace
where people can relax and enjoy themselves, but also as a community
resource that actively encourages participation and engagement from
individuals and groups from the surrounding area and across the city.
The grant awarded by the Scottish Community Foundation
went towards the cost of providing two professional Clowndoctors,
desperately needed in two residential and respite houses in Edinburgh and
Livingston for children with complex special needs. The Clowndoctors work
with each individual child, tailoring their activities to the interests,
age and medical conditions of that child. The activities particularly
focus on the use of music, sound and tactile props, as well as clowning,
improvisation and movement. Definite proof of the value of care with a
sense of fun.
Examples of other charites and
community groups we have funded in the past include:
the Scottish Community Foundation decided to start making a limited number
of larger scale grants designed to ensure sustainability for community
projects. Venture Scotland is a leading provider of outdoor activities for
socially-excluded young people. Despite their effectiveness, they face
serious long-term funding problems. Their grant of £25,000 per year
for three years has paid for their first-ever director, who focuses on
organisational change and fundraising, ensuring that the organisation can
reach even more young people in the future.
Roots & Fruits
& Fruits promotes healthy eating through access to fruit and vegetables
at affordable prices. As well as distributing fruit and vegetables at cost
price amongst low-income communities, they work closely with primary
schools, encouraging the children to roll up their sleeves and get
gardening. Their grant of £554 helped the group to develop gardens
in six local schools from which the children will be able to enjoy the
fruits of their labour.
Edinburgh’s unique Dancebase facility
received a grant of £4,000 to take its classes for children out into
disadvantaged areas of the community. The group already has an established
programme working with disadvantaged young people using dance as a
therapeutic tool in nurseries, sheltered housing, special schools and
community centres. Its grant from The RBS Caledonian Challenge allowed the
group to extend these sessions to under-fives, following research that
indicated a strong appetite for lessons and value in providing physical
activity in the form of dance for young children.
Sue Ryder Centre
Ryder Care centre at Duns in the Scottish Borders provides a high standard
of care for 30 residents who have Huntingdon’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis
and Cerebral Palsy. The centre aims to provide stimulating activity for
the residents but has limited funds to provide activities. Its grant of
£3,500 provided essential funds to enhance the activities programme,
which include painting, photography, ceramics, a cyber café and a
variety of exercise activities, all designed to engage residents and
improve the quality of life.
If you would like to
find out more or would like to enquire about setting up your own charitable
fund to support communities, then please contact the Scottish Community
Tel: 0131 524 0300
This is hugely important! Gift Aid
does not impact upon you, the donor, but greatly benefits us as a
The Government is encouraging a more giving spirit in
Britain. Through the Gift Aid system, charities can claim back tax paid on
donations directly from the tax man. Given the current basic rate of income
tax, we can claim an additional £28 for every £100
It is a straightforward system with 4
- Advise your donor that, through Gift Aid, the
Foundation can reclaim tax paid on their donation.
- Request the
donor's consent to their donation being a Gift Aid donation.
the donor's details as indicated on the donor sheet.
- Forward your
Gift Aid donor sheets, with your funds raised, to our
We do the rest. In each case, we
will write to all donors thanking them for their support and confirming
that their donation has been processed through the Gift Aid system.
are able to offset any charitable donations against corporation tax in
their year-end return. In this way, if a company donates £100 and
pays corporation tax at 30%, the real term cost to the company is
£70. It is important, however, that the company pays the full amount
in the first instance and off-sets it against liability at the end of its
Any US nationals making a donation may do so by
offsetting the sum against the US tax liability. For more information,
please contact our finance team on 0131 524 0300.
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