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 Glenkens & District Trust

About GDT

Glenkens and District Trust (GDT) was established in 2011 and has the primary purpose of resourcing and enabling community development in the Glenkens and surrounding communities. Trustees are drawn from the community council areas of Dunscore; St John’s Town of Dalry; New Galloway & Kells; Balmaghie; Crossmichael; Parton; Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham; and Balmaclellan. The geography, and current grantmaking arrangements covered by GDT also takes in the community of Carsphairn, though Carsphairn is not currently represented on the Board.

 

Community Action Planning

A community action plan has been developed to support the Trust in ensuring that the funds are distributed wisely and strategically. Work on a plan began in late 2017 and early 2018, and Community Enterprise were commissioned in late 2019 to gather the existing data together, carry out further community consultation and produce a strategic community action plan that the whole community contributed to and supported.

It is vital to note that, although the wind farm fund distribution was a key driver to initiating a plan, the reach of the plan is beyond projects funded through that source and is a road map for the whole community over the next 5 years and beyond.

In September 2020, the Glenkens & District Trust published the Glenkens & District Research Report and Action Plan.

The Research Report uses desktop research encompassing demography and statistics, an assessment of community assets and the policy context; and community consultation; including surveys, stakeholder summit and a range of community engagement events. Together these were used to pull together key findings about the nature of the Glenkens communities, the assets, opportunities and challenges faced and the key thematic priorities that local people wanted to see the Action Plan tackle.

The related Action Plan sets out an overall goal that the Glenkens will be a connected, resilient and carbon neutral place, where people will want to live, work and visit, to bring up their families, and to grow old.  It will be somewhere that other places in Scotland will look to for inspiration.

The full Research Report and Action Plan can be found here; a standalone summary of the Action Plan can be found here

 

Invitation to Tender

The Community Action Plan will now move into a ‘set up’ phase, which will run until April 2021, and which will be used to:

  • Prepare the route for delivery of the existing community priorities for action

  • Provide scope to ensure that any learning from the pandemic can also be incorporated, both in terms of resilience and ambition.

  • Deliver some early action on the short term goals, creating some positive momentum and acting as a statement of intent

To guide delivery of this set up phase, the Glenkens and District Trust (GDT) is commissioning external support to work with the CAP Steering Group.

For more information, please see the Invitation to Tender document here

Responses to this brief should be emailed to Fiona Smith, Chair of GDT, using office@foundationscotland.org.uk, by 30th September, with the subject heading ‘Response to GDT ITT’. If you wish to discuss this opportunity before tendering, please email us to arrange.

 

Trustees

Decisions on grant awards from the Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund are made by The Glenkens & District Trust (GDT), the board of which comprises representatives drawn from most of the Fund’s Community Councils along with some non-Community Council representatives. The current trustees are:

Name

Organisation represented

Date of appointment

Des Hadnett

Balmaghie CC

5 December 2016

Richard Middleton

Crossmichael and District CC

5 December 2016

William Dickson

Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham CC

5 December 2016

Fiona Smith

Independent

19 November 2018

Denise MacDonald Kiernan

Balmaclellan CC

29 April 2019

Allan Todd

Dunscore CC

18 February 2019

Rosalind Hill

Royal Burgh of New Galloway and Kells Parish

15 October 2019

Thomas Marshall

Parton CC

9 June 2020

Andrew Mellor

Dalry CC

1 July 2020

Julie Garton

Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham

20 July 2020

Meeting Summary

You can download the summary from the most recent meetings of The Glenkens & District Trust using the links below:

August 2020

March 2020

May 2020

January 2020

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