About

Corra Foundation contributes to improving the lives of individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage all across Scotland and in developing countries. Since 1985 the foundation has distributed over £152 million in grants and made over 15,000 awards to charities.

Vision: a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.

Mission: to make a difference to people and communities in Scotland, by encouraging positive change, opportunities, fairness and growth of aspirations, which improve quality of life.

Strategic objectives to fulfill this:

  • To be the best grant maker we can be – grant making is at the heart of what we do and we want to do it as well as possible, with an open and accessible approach
  • To get alongside communities – we are working differently, including with communities we don’t historically reach, and others with a big appetite for change
  • To share expertise – we will use our experience in grant making to support others
  • Partnership – we want to make a bigger difference by working together with others.

Key Facts & Figures

Corra Foundation has made almost 15,000 awards to charities across Scotland. These range from the well known to small individual community groups receiving a few hundred pounds for a local project. A full list of the awards made by the Foundation is available in the Our Grants section of the website, under ‘Our Latest Awards’.

A copy of our 2016 annual report and accounts can be found here.

Our 2017 accounts can be found here.

Our 2018 accounts can be found here.

Partnership Drugs Initiative has been running since 2000 and is funded by the Corra Foundation and the Scottish Government. The initiative works with children and young people around issues of drug and alcohol misuse. Since establishment, almost £20.4 million has been awarded through the Partnership Drugs Initiative to voluntary organisations across Scotland.

Since 1997, the organisation has awarded almost £31 million to support salaries – and therefore jobs – in Scotland’s charitable sector.

152
million awarded to charities

Since establishment in 1985, Corra Foundation has awarded almost £152 million to charities across Scotland.

Over the last three years the organisation has awarded the following funds to Scotland’s charities:

2017 £3.08 million
2016 £3.46 million
2015 £3.29 million

Background

 

Changing our name

On 29 August 2017, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland re-branded and became Corra Foundation.

The past few years have been a time of significant change for the foundation. Our new brand has been driven by the opportunities created by our new strategic direction. This was introduced in 2014 and we will continue to build on it through our current strategy Change for Good.

Why ‘Corra Foundation’?

We set out to develop a brand that has relevance to our organisation, and connects with our history whilst reflecting our future direction. The name ‘Corra’ comes from Scots mythology and relates to ideas of knowledge and change.

The name and logo are intended to have a subtly Scottish ‘feel’ and connect with our roots in the savings bank movement. As such our new brand adopts the colours of the Duncan (modern) tartan to honour the Reverend Henry Duncan, after whom one of our grants programmes continues to be named.

Corra Logo

Our beginnings…

The foundation has its roots in the Trustee Savings Bank (TSB) movement, established in 1810 by the Reverend Henry Duncan, in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire. He started the Bank so that everyone, regardless of wealth or position, could benefit from a savings bank.In 1985, four independent charitable trusts (Scotland, England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands) were created by the will of an Act of Parliament when the Trustee Savings Bank Group was floated on the Stock Market.

A covenant was agreed between Trustee Savings Bank and Trustee Savings Bank (TSB) Foundation for Scotland in 1985, making provision for Scottish communities to benefit from their share of 1% of the Group’s pre-tax profits (Scotland’s share being 19.46% of the total). In 1997 Lloyds Bank and TSB Group merged. This significantly increased our income and the foundation became the largest Scottish independent grant making trust. In early 2010 Lloyds Banking Group gave notice on the agreement and the final payment was received in February 2018.

Since its establishment in 1985, the foundation has been an independent Scottish charity, with a board of Trustees who are unpaid and responsible for our governance.

Can we help you?

For general enquiries and to find out more about any of our grant programmes, please see our contact page

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