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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Building Bridges

05 June 2020

Background

Building Bridges creates opportunities for openness, dialogue, interaction, exchange, and reciprocal understanding between people of different backgrounds and cultures.

How the fund was used

The project received £4,500 to serve people from the diverse communities in Edinburgh, especially those from ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are providing Asian halal meals to vulnerable families and individuals who are socially isolated and stressed. Building Bridges recognises that people from the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities are more prone to develop complications if infected by the Virus and the need to be supported. The recent BMG poll for the Independent laid bare the scale of hardship facing these communities during the lockdown, with almost a third of the households seeing their finances cut and more than one in 20 saying that they have lost half of their income.

Working closely with the original Mosque Kitchen in Edinburgh Building Bridges used their funding from Foundation Scotland to provide up to 50 Halal and vegetarian meals twice a week to vulnerable low income families and individuals mainly from the BME community in the Edinburgh/Leith area.  They have consulted community leaders who share the same concerns and are engaged with delivering services for the wellbeing of these communities. Many are facing multiple challenges, including ill-health, relationship breakdown, mental health problems or substantial caring responsibilities.

Channel 4

Hearing about their fantastic work the project were asked to get involved in a Channel 4 feature in aid of the National Emergencies Trust. One of only a few projects chosen from around the UK they appeared within the 1966 World Cup replay on Sunday 7th June which was entirely in aid of NET. It was a rare opportunity to have Scotland represented during a World Cup game! All funds from NET that are distributed by Foundation Scotland benefit communities right across Scotland.

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