History and background
Funding to promote a fair and compassionate society
The Essentia Foundation was established some years ago as a limited liability company charity which operated Health and Social Welfare telephone counselling and information services supported by data processing and analysis in the field of public information.
Its clients included HEBS, the Scottish Government, the Department of Health and the Central Office of Information, together with a number of pharmaceutical companies. When the company was sold in 2005, the Essentia Foundation was established as a Trust. The seed value of the portfolio was largely donated in 2005 and 2006 as a direct consequence of the sale of the predecessor charity with a final settlement made in 2008 on the liquidation of the company.
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
In 2021, the foundation was granted Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status by the Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR), replacing the trust established in 2005.
There are a number of advantages to operating as an SCIO (over a trust):
- Moving from Trust Law to the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) 2005 as the main legislation applying to SCIOs leaves us with no constraint on the accumulation of income
- OSCR is the sole regulator
- Own legal personality
- Unlimited powers in furtherance of purposes
- Members can more easily amend the constitution.
- Limited liability of trustees
Some of our success stories
A Journey through the Central Belt
Our final journey in the series to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
A Journey to the East
Our third journey in the series to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
“We are not glass"
"Young Bloods" project, which aims to empower children and teenagers living with bleeding disorders.
A Journey to the South
Our next journey to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
A Journey to the North
A journey to examine the regional issues that young people across Scotland are facing and the ways in which Essentia grants are tackling them.
Broke Not Broken
Tackling the effects of poverty across Kinross.
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.
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.
Make Do and Grow
Make Do and Grow remains committed to reducing waste and encouraging reuse across their community.
The Sunshine Kitchen
Making delicious food from locally-sourced produce in a supportive work environment.
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.
OutLET: Play Resource
OutLET: Play Resource are a community project providing Forest School, Outdoor Play & Learning and Training in Lanarkshire and further afield.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
RDA Group Glasgow
Funding from the Essentia Foundation is currently helping RDA to roll out their ‘Quiet Corner’ initiative.