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Foundation Scotland manages all applications to the Essentia Foundation. The next funding round for applications will run from 25th October to 29th November 2021.

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Foundation Scotland

To assist in the funding of charitable projects, The Essentia Foundation has
partnered with Foundation Scotland. For 25 years, Foundation Scotland has been
bringing together communities, funders and finance to support and strengthen
communities in every corner of Scotland. To date, they have helped to distribute over
£100 million to communities across Scotland.

Working in partnership with our trustees, Foundation Scotland facilitate the grant
making process for our funds. The Essentia Foundation is involved in all aspects of
the programme design and implementation and this includes:

  • Aims and objectives
  • Types of awards
  • Distribution process and how to apply
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Governance arrangements

To ensure that our grant funding can be as far reaching as possible, Essentia
trustees are active in the decision-making process and work closely with Foundation
Scotland throughout the year to guarantee the impact of all successful projects. We
also collaborate to create engaging case studies that help bring funded activities and
participant testimonials to life.

Looking to the future, the new trustees have agreed to continue and further develop
the arrangements with Foundation Scotland.

Case Studies

Some of our success stories

All case Studies

Case Study

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.

Case Study

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

Case Study

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.

Case Study

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.

Case Study


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.

Case Study

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.

Case Study

RDA Group Glasgow

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

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