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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Halkirk Community to benefit from new fund

18 January 2019

The Achlachan Wind Farm Fund will launch on Saturday 26th January 2019.  Anyone wishing to find out more about the fund is welcome to attend an information session at Spittal Village Hall, Caithness between 11 – 3pm.

The launch event has been organised by Foundation Scotland and Halkirk District Community Council land will be an opportunity to find out more about the fund. There will also provide an opportunity for residents interested in joining the Panel who will make funding decisions, using Foundation Scotland’s grant making expertise to ensure positive long lasting impact.

Eilidh Coll, Foundation Scotland’s local representative said “We would encourage as many people to come along to celebrate the launch of the Fund, to find out more about how to apply and to give their views on how this money could make a difference to their community. We know that by working with the community we can ensure that the money is spent strategically within the area to maximise lasting benefits for all” 

Tom Surman from Whirlwind Renewables said: "We are delighted to be working with Foundation Scotland to set up the Achlachan Wind Farm Fund. We are inviting people from the local community to hear about the proposals and give feedback about how the fund will work.” 

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by the wind farm operator, Whirlwind Renewables, to manage the community fund.

The Fund will be worth approximately £30,000 annually for the life of the Achlachan Wind Farm, expected to be 25 years. 

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