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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150K Windfall for Community

04 June 2013

Following the successful launch last week at Thrumster Hall, Foundation Scotland is encouraging groups and local charities to apply to the newly launched E.ON Camster Community Fund.

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by the wind farm operator, E.ON, to administer the Community Fund. The Foundation will work with communities local to the wind farm site to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long lasting impact.

The funding will benefit charities and community groups in the Latheron, Lybster & Clyth; Watten, and Tannach and District Community Council areas. The Fund is expected to distribute around £150,000 per annum for the next 25 years.

There are three level of awards available starting at £250 for small grants up to in excess of £25K for large scale strategic projects.

Carol Elliot, Foundation Scotland’s local representative said “We would encourage as many groups as possible to apply to the fund prior to the closing date of the 1st July. The Foundation is keen to ensure the money is spent strategically within the area to maximise lasting benefits for all. As such we are holding a consultation with the local community to help determine how the funds should be distributed in the future. The survey is available on our website and is also at Caithness Voluntary Group in Wick. ”

Grant application forms are available to download from Foundation Scotland website: www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster, with a closing date of 1st July. It is hoped that the first awards will be made in September.

The survey can be accessed via the webpage www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster, with an option to complete via surveymonkey or by downloading a hard copy and returning. The consultation period will end on 31 August 2013.

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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