ScotRail Foundation to relaunch £70,000 charitable funds

Friday, 4 October 2019

The ScotRail Foundation today announced that its popular Cultural and Arts fund is more than doubling the size of its grants.

The Fund will be awarding grants of between £500 and £5,000 from the £60,000 fund in support of the arts, children, community activities, and sports. Previously, the maximum award was £2,000.

Grants from the Cultural and Arts fund are available to individuals and groups with an income of less than £100,000. Those interested are encouraged to apply before the closing date of 29 October.

ScotRail employees can also benefit from the Foundation’s £10,000 Employee Giving fund. ‘Match funding’ of up to £250 can be awarded to employees when fundraising for their charities of choice.

Broughty Ferry YMCA has previously benefitted from a £1,925 grant to build a community ‘secret garden’, helping many socially isolated older people build and maintain friendships.

In the Highlands, Men in Recovery, a charity supporting male survivors of sexual abuse, was awarded £2,000 to hold training sessions with healthcare workers.

James Ledgerwood, Head of Economic and Community Development at the ScotRail Alliance, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the real difference that these grants are making to peoples’ lives across Scotland, and I’m delighted that we have been able to increase the size of the grants on offer.

“We know how important the railway is to the communities we serve, and we want to do all we can to strengthen and support that link.

Giles Ruck, CEO of Foundation Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with ScotRail. Since we began working together in 2016, over £170K has been distributed to grassroots projects across Scotland.

“By choosing Foundation Scotland to manage the fund, ScotRail can be confident the fund will have lasting impact in communities across the country.”

About Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland brings a fresh approach to philanthropy and makes the act of giving effective and rewarding. It reaches all corners of Scotland through grassroots grant making and creates high impact in specific areas through major donations, investments and capital initiatives.

To find out more, or apply for funding, visit the ScotRail Foundation homepage.