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Who and What We Fund

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Who and what we fund

Examples of what the Essentia Foundation is looking to support (please note these are all in relation to those up to the age of 25 only).

  • Projects that support the participation in mainstream society for those with learning disabilities or long-term life limiting health conditions.
  • Projects that support those facing long-term challenges living in poverty and inequality.
  • Projects that support those who have been excluded from school to access or return to education or training opportunities.
  • Projects that provide skills and training to those who are furthest from the labour market.
  • Projects that aim to improve the health and welfare of children and young people.
  • Projects starting before the decision date.

What can’t be funded

Please read through the what we can’t fund page, these exclusions apply to all Foundation Scotland funds. In addition, the Essentia Foundation cannot support the following:

  • Projects outside Scotland
  • Grants to charities whose turnover is above £250k
  • Projects benefiting those over the age of 25 years old.
  • Grant requests that are less than 25% of the total project cost.

Case Studies

Some of our success stories

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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