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

Ventient Energy Gordonstown Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Fund

About the Panel

A Community Panel makes recommendations on awards from the Fund and advises on overall Fund strategy. The Panel is governed by a Terms of Reference that has been developed and agreed between community representatives and Foundation Scotland and is reviewed from time to time.

The Panel is made up of people who live, work or actively volunteer in the area that the Fund covers and comprises a mixture of community councillors and other members of the community.  Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fisherford Community Council appoints three members to the Panel, and five are recruited on an open and transparent basis from amongst the local community.

Each Panel member serves a minimum of two and a maximum of four years, with the community members retiring on a phased basis to ensure knowledge and expertise are retained. Opportunities to become a Panel member are openly advertised when these arise, both locally and on this webpage.

The Panel members currently are:

Appointed by the Community Council John Farquharson
  Cathy Vincent
  Maggie Walker
Community Representatives Ivy Cruickshank
  John Dennis
  Steven Moir
  Helen Richards
  Stuart Stephen

Panel Vacancy

Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Fund Panel is a voluntary group set up to advise on grant awards from the community benefit fund linked to Ventient Energy’s  Gordonstown Windfarm.

As two of our current members are stepping down, we have vacancies on the Panel.

The Panel is supported by Foundation Scotland, an independent grant making charity that administers the Gordonstown Funds on behalf of the local community.

We would like anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Panel to come forward. You must be aged 16 or over and a resident of the area covered by Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Council.

In the first instance, please read the Role Profile and complete a Nomination Form.

Your completed form should be returned to Foundation Scotland at the address provided, by 27th March 2020.  

In the event that more nominations are received than there are Panel spaces available, Panel members will be selected through a process to be decided by Foundation Scotland and Auchterless, Inverkeithny & Fisherford Community Council.


Panel Minutes

Approved minutes from the meetings can be found below

December 2020

December 2018

September 2018

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