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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Panel Recruitment

We are now recruiting Panel members. There are four spaces available – one per each of the four communities

Decisions on grant awards from Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund will be made by a Community Panel, which is now being set up. The Panel will comprise twelve people in total: two representatives from each of the four community associations plus another person from each of those four areas, appointed through an open and transparent recruitment process.  

Panel Members must be aged 16 or over and live, work or volunteer within the area served by the Fund. They may be from any walk of life. However, all Panel members need to:

  • be well informed about local needs, opportunities and activities in their community

  • be committed to seeing the Fund make a real and lasting difference to their community by meeting local needs and opportunities.

This is a voluntary role, with members expected to serve on the Panel for up to three years. All reasonable travel and childcare expenses may be reimbursed from the Fund.

Where there are more nominees for this role than there are spaces available on the Panel, selection will take place through an interview process involving Foundation Scotland and some members of the Community Associations (but not those representing the community that the nominee is from).

If you would like to put yourself forward to serve on the Panel, please read the Role Profile and complete and return a Nomination Form by 29th June 2020.

If you would like to discuss the Fund or the Panel recruitment process, or you would like a paper copy of the Nomination Form, please contact Marion McDonald at Foundation Scotland on 07912 759524 or email marion@foundationscotland.org.uk

 

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