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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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Assel Valley Girvan

26 July 2016

Charities and constituted community groups in the Girvan and District Community Council area are being encouraged to apply to the newly established Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund.

The community benefit funding is provided by Falck Renewables from its Assel Valley wind farm in South Ayrshire. The Fund is expected to provide a minimum of £25,000 per annum to Girvan over the lifetime of the wind farm.

Erin Hunter from Falck said “We’re pleased that the fund is now available for groups in the local community and we hope to see a range of activities and events coming forward for support. The Fund recognises the role that communities play in hosting one of our wind farms and has made a significant contribution in other areas. We hope it will prove to be just as valuable here.”

The Fund, led by Girvan & District Community Council, is keen to support a wide range of local activity that is positive and creative and benefits the community. In 2016, £55,000 is available to local groups, in grants from £500 to £5,000. There will be one funding round each year and the 2016 deadline for applications is Monday 5th September, for a decision in early November.

Ken Johnstone, Chair of Girvan & District Community Council said “This is a very welcome fund for Girvan and District, and we look forward to assisting hopefully a whole range of organisations enhance the quality of life of a large number of people in our area during the 27 year life span of this fund”.

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by Falck to administer the fund. The Foundation will receive and process applications, provide guidance to groups on applying and support an Advisory Panel of local Community Councillors to decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long lasting community-led impact.

For information on how to apply click here



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