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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Fund ensures well-being of elderly residents

30 November 2018

The senior citizens of Blackford can look forward to a fun-filled 2019 thanks to the Blackford Community Fund. 

The Senior Citizens Lunch Club received £1500 to fund a “spring lunch” including meal and entertainment.  Whilst Blackford Highland Games received £1500 to fund the annual senior citizens outing for 2019 and Blackford Gala Day Committee received funding to contribute to the cost of a senior citizen’s outing.  Both events demonstrate the panel’s commitment to supporting projects which tackle social isolation among the elderly members of the community

Other beneficiaries in the latest round included: Blackford is Brighter, Blackford Parent and Toddlers and Blackford Historical Society.

Andrew Sinclair, Blackford Community Fund Panel Chair said “Blackford Community Fund administered by Foundation Scotland is a valuable resource available to all groups which operate in the community of Blackford.  It has allowed these groups to carry out projects which otherwise could not have happened.”

The Blackford Community Fund was established in 2009 with a donation to Blackford Community Council by Ochil Developments, the developer of the G West development near Blackford, and annual payments from the EDF Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm.

The Panel are currently recruiting for a member of the community to join them and help make decisions on the fund.  For more information on the role and how to apply visit /programmes/blackford/

The Fund aims to be a lasting resource for the community of Blackford by supporting community groups and charities which bring people together to enhance their quality of life and promote people’s well-being and foster a vibrant, sustainable community

 

 

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