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Foundation Scotland manages all applications to the Essentia Foundation. The next round of funding is now open for applications until 27th June 2022.

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Welcome to Essentia Foundation

Funding to promote a fair and compassionate society

The Essentia Foundation is an independent grant giving charity in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate society where everyone is valued and can be successful. The Foundation fulfils this by awarding non-refundable grants to applicant organisations which are active in the areas that match its charitable objectives.

Funding Opportunities


Through our partnership, Foundation Scotland manages all applications to the Essentia Foundation.

Our impact

We’ve distributed
since 2008

£747, 756

To this many


Funds distributed
in the last year

£77, 690

Case Studies

Some of our success stories

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Glasgow Girls & Women FC

Providing football activities to girls, young and adult women, living in Glasgow, as a healthy, safe and fun means of sport and recreation.

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Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA

Harnessing the power of relationships with horses to support the learning, health and well being of children and adults with additional support needs (ASNs) across Central Scotland.

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The Sunshine Kitchen

Making delicious food from locally-sourced produce in a supportive work environment.

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I Am Me Scotland

I AM ME SCOTLAND - DISABILITY HATE CRIME. Changing attitudes and behaviors so that disabled and vulnerable people can feel safe within their communities.

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OutLET: Play Resource

OutLET: Play Resource are a community project providing Forest School, Outdoor Play & Learning and Training in Lanarkshire and further afield.

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Live Learn Earn

R-Evolve is youth centred employability project operated by Live Learn Earn CIC, a social enterprise incorporated in November 2020 to deliver practical and life skills to young people in the Scottish Borders.

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Project 31

Project 31 began in early 2011 as an idea between two experienced community workers who were looking to develop an innovative organization for children aged 0-12 years.

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bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy

bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy was established in 2017. The charity works with adults and children with physical and learning disabilities to improve their quality of life by providing specialist occupational interventions, trampoline rebound therapy and activity-based play sessions.

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Families First St Andrews

Families First St Andrews (FFSA) was established in 2001. As a registered charity and community group, the organisation works alongside children and their families to overcome the personal challenges they face in life.

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Caithness KLICS Young Carers

Caithness KLICS (Kids Living in Caring Situations) was established in 2013. Based in Wick, the organisation supports young people aged between 5-18 who have a caring responsibility at home

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For 45 years, Hillhouse has been working with young people and families in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. As a registered charity, the organisation offers a service to individuals who are at risk of financial hardship and poverty.

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People Know How

People Know How was established in 2013. Delivering services across Edinburgh and East Lothian, the organisation works collaboratively to deliver projects and social change with projects reaching children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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RDA Group Glasgow

Funding from the Essentia Foundation is currently helping RDA to roll out their ‘Quiet Corner’ initiative.

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