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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A Greener Future Thanks to Wind Farm Cash Boost

13 December 2016

The Girvan Community Garden has a greener future thanks to an award from the first round of the Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund.

The Girvan Community Garden caters for the whole community, offering a number of workshops, events and activities throughout the year. They also work with schools and other groups to deliver projects both in the garden and the wider area.

The grant of £4,800 will support a community engagement role for current staff to promote horticultural, recycling and upcycling initiatives within the garden. In addition, they will engage visitors in a consultation on how they would like to see the garden develop over the next five years.

Audrey Riddell, Director Girvan Community Garden said; "Thanks to the Assel Valley Community Fund Award, we are now able to facilitate the opening hours of Girvan Community Garden to locals and visitors at prime times. This funding will allow us to employ staff to engage with visitors and conduct a survey of their views and opinions on the future development of the Community Garden."

Ken Johnstone, Panel Chair commented; “It is great that we can now help support a wide range of clubs and initiatives in the town like the community garden, and I would encourage any group with a good idea to get involved and bid for funds in the future. Let’s make Girvan and District second to none.”

The Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund was launched earlier this year to support a wide range of projects and activities that will benefit the community. The fund is provided by Falck Renewables from their Assel Valley wind farm and managed by Foundation Scotland.

Erin Hunter, Community Relations Manager at Falck Renewables said; “We’re delighted to see the funds from the wind farm being used for projects such as this which benefits local people and visitors.”

In total eight groups received an award in the first round including; Girvan and District Darts League; South Carrick Community Centre; Girvan Traditional Folk Festival; Girvan Youth Trust; Girvan Amateur Swimming Club; Girvan and District Entertainment and Attractions; and Girvan and South Carrick Community Action Network.

The next deadline for applications is 20th March 2017 for a decision in May. If you would like more information on the fund and how to apply visit /programmes/assel-valley-girvan


For further information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4963 or email


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