Important Message On Coronavirus

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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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WHALE Arts Agency

07 May 2020

At a glance

Grant Amount: £5,000

Project Funded: Delivery services

 

What's been funded?

WHALE Arts is a community-led arts charity and social enterprise in Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh. Their mission is to be the creative heart of a vibrant, thriving community. They use an assets-based approach to community development, building on strengths rather than weaknesses. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, WHALE provided a range of high-quality creative spaces and facilities for the community, alongside learning and skills development opportunities. They aim to improve health, wellbeing and happiness through arts, creativity and innovation.

Due to the current situation the group are unable to deliver their normal schedule of activities. However, they were acutely aware of the need, more now than ever, to support their local community. With assistance from the RRR fund, WHALE Arts have been able to provide home art packs to their clients and to adapt their Community Meal provision to a delivery service, enabling them to continue meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in their area.

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