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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£23K Windfall To Support Local Area

17 June 2013

Community groups, local charities and businesses in Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie are being encouraged to apply to the new community fund provided by BayWa r.e UK Ltd. The Fund is expected to distribute around £23K in 2013.

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by the wind farm operator to administer the Community Fund. The Foundation will work with a Panel of local community members to decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant making expertise, and with an ambition to ensure positive long lasting impact.

The Fund has been established in tandem with a local community action plan, which has identified the following priority themes as critical to building strong and sustainable communities:

1. Supporting Community Services and Facilities
2. Enhancing Adult learning, Employment and Training
3. Developing Tourism
4. Improving access and environment
5. Supporting children and young people
6. Improving community communication
7. Improving local transport

Rachel Searle Mbullu, Foundation Scotland’s Head of Community Investment, said “An Action Plan was drawn up between local groups and organisations, with support from the Marr Area Partnership, to help identify the issues that were important to the community. The Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie Community Fund is now ideally placed to support local groups, organisations and businesses that are keen to make this action plan a reality. We encourage as many groups as possible to apply to the fund prior to the closing date of the 31st July. Whether there is a further round this year will depend on how much of the fund is distributed in this first round.”

The Foundation is applying a model of distribution that it has facilitated across over 25 community benefit funds in different Scottish communities. This involves working with a local panel who are best placed to prioritise projects of greatest impact and long lasting benefit to the community.

Katy Hogg, BayWa r.e. UK said, “ BayWa r.e.UK is committed to delivering good quality, sustainable, renewable energy projects and sharing the benefit of locally generated green energy. We look forward to working with neighbouring communities to enhance opportunities and encourage investment in local initiatives.”


Grant application forms are available to download  with a closing date of 31st July.

More information about the Fund can be found on the Foundation Scotland website or telephone 0131 524 0300 or email edinburgh@foundationscotland.org.uk


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For further information please contact Jan Torrance or Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4960

Note to Editors:

BayWa r.e

BayWa r.e., a 100% subsidiary of BayWa AG (Munich), is responsible for BayWa group’s renewable energy business. BayWa r.e. was founded in 2009 and acts as a holding company for various business interests in the areas of solar, wind energy, bio-energy and geothermal energy.

BayWa r.e.’s business activities range from project development and realisation to retail and consulting services. The company covers the entire spectrum of technical plant support services. BayWa r.e. also specializes in the commercial and technical operations management of renewable energy plants. The company has an international focus with its core markets in Europe and the USA.

BayWa AG is a trading company operating on an international platform. Its main business sectors are agriculture, construction material and energy. Shares in the company are traded on the MDAX exchange (German Mid-Cap Index).

 

 

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