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’Chruach Community Wind Farm distributes £61,000

22 November 2016

Seven community organisations are celebrating receiving a grant from the newly established A’Chruach Community Wind Farm. In total £61,000 has been awarded in the first round including two organisations receiving awards for strategic projects that will benefit from funding over two and three years.

The fund was established to support community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative and improves the communities of West Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead.

Lochgair Association received £12,500 to repair and widen the footbridge over Eas Dubh burn to make it wheelchair accessible. In fact improving local assets and services of all kinds was a common theme. Blarbuie Woodland Enterprises received £14,000 to contribute to the salary of a part time development worker who will promote Blarbuie’s services and facilities and help make it a thriving and sustainable woodland.

Kilmartin Museum received £5,000 to engage the community in an excavation project which will explore and celebrate the history of Carnasserie Castle.

Minard Community Trust was awarded £5,000 to refurbish the local shop which they currently own, in the hope that it will be an attractive proposition to any successive shop keeper and help keep this critical community service.

Other groups to benefit included Befrienders, Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation and Heads Up.

Decisions were made by the Panel of local representatives from the benefiting communities of Dunadd, West Loch Fyne and Lochgilphead. One Panel member said,
“We were pleased to see a diverse range of applications from across the three communities that will benefit all age groups and abilities.” Another added, “We hope the enthusiasm continues for the next round of applications.”

A spokesperson for Infinis Wind Farm Ltd the owner of the Wind Farm added, “This first round of applications demonstrated very convincingly that there will be a pipeline of strong projects for the A’Chruach fund to help deliver the three community plans that local people generously contributed to during the latter part of 2015/early 2016. Foundation Scotland is looking forward to receiving applications to the second round.”

There will be some modest changes to the application and guidance material which will be available from 1 December online at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/achruach where you can also find out more about the Fund.

 

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