Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.

 

Acknowledge & Close

The Caledonian Challenge

The Caledonian Challenge offered an amazing adventure along the Great Glen Way and  West Highland Way. Offering participants theCal -chal choice of two distances

THE 24 (24 miles/12 hours): harder than you think but more rewarding than you can imagine; starting in Glen Nevis and finishing at the Glencoe Mountain Resort

THE 54 - the ultimate challenge - (54 miles/24 hours) kicks off at Gairlochy, 8 miles north of Fort William and ends at Strathfillan Wigwams, 4 miles south of Tyndrum some 24 hours later

Both events offered incredible views of Ben Nevis; Kinlochleven, across the ‘notorious’ Devil’s Staircase, Buachaille Etive Mor and Rannoch Moor along the way! Every footstep taken to complete the Challenge helped Foundation Scotland support grass root charities and community groups across Scotland

Over its 20 year history, 18,000 challengers laced up their boots, raising millions of pounds helping the Foundation distribute grants to deserving causes across Scotland.

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 “A brilliantly motivating walk through fantastic scenery with a fun and supportive team.”

 

 

 

 

Why not grab a  cup of coffee and look through our flickr photo albums  and look at the many smiling faces or the stunning scenery. 

Watch the promotion video from 2016

 

The Future

If you think you could provide a new home for the Caledonian Challenge or know any organisations who could, please contact us on development@foundationscotland.org.uk 

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