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.


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Renfrewshire Environmental Trust

01 July 2014
RET participants put up bird box

Renfrewshire Environmental Trust (RET) established in 1997, is the local umbrella body for the environment in Renfrewshire, supporting sustainable development projects in the area. RET supports volunteers and community groups interested in improving their greenspace, community gardens, wildlife habitats, walking and cycling routes, play parts, sports facilities, heritage sites and listed buildings. They have a long standing relationship with Renfrewshire Council and a good history of community engagement, working directly with between 80 and 100 people each year.

The group applied to the ScotRail Foundation for a funding to contribute to the costs of a sessional gardening tutor to provide learning, training and volunteering opportunities for adults with learning and physical disabilities living within Renfrewshire through their Fork to Fork Training and Learning Project. The project is based at West Lane Gardens in Johnstone where a garden and accessible greenspace is being developed for the local community. The funding enabled  RET to deliver a series of 6 gardening sessions provided by the tutor, supporting 4 participants with a disability to access training accredited by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Since receiving the funding, the trainees have learned gardening skills including: digging, cultivating and preparing pots; composting; seed growing; propagation; potting; plant care; harvesting and they also put up a bird feeder and discussed birdlife in the garden.  

Company Secretary, Martha Wardrop said, “Without the ScotRail Foundation community grant, we wouldn’t have been able to provide this training. The trainees loved it and they have a certificate to show what they learned. They can now use these skills for volunteering in community gardens or progress to access employability projects.”

In the future, the trainees would like to develop the Milliken Park Railway Station and have already carried out an initial consultation with Renfrewshire Access Panel, Corseford School, Capability Scotland and the Disability Resource Centre to share ideas. The survey identified key activities which would improve the station environment, such as planting flowers and additional grounds maintenance. 

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