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Fundraising for a great cause
Every 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)
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 help.

Ochil Adventure Group
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.

Aberdeen Day
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 & Galloway
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 & Islay
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.

Hidden Gardens
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.

Hearts and Minds
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:

Venture Scotland
In 2003, 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
Roots & 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
The Sue 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 Foundation:
Tel: 0131 524 0300
Email: [email protected]

Gift Aid
This is hugely important! Gift Aid does not impact upon you, the donor, but greatly benefits us as a charity.
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 donated.

It is a straightforward system with 4 simple steps:

  • 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.
  • Enter the donor's details as indicated on the donor sheet.
  • Forward your Gift Aid donor sheets, with your funds raised, to our office.

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.

All companies 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 financial year.

US Nationals
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.
Alternatively, sponsorship may be sent to our agent, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation:
Tel: 510/645-1890
email: [email protected]
Mail: 1222 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612-1201

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