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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New Education and Training Fund for residents

18 October 2016

Residents living in the area around the new Burnhead Moss wind farm near Avonbridge and Limerigg have an exciting opportunity to receive some financial support to help with attending vocational education and training opportunities at local training facilities.

The fund has been developed by EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) and Foundation Scotland with invaluable help from local volunteers and some staff at local colleges.

There are a wealth of courses running locally at Forth Valley College and West Lothian College, however, the cost and limitations of public transport can be a real challenge for many. The grants from the new Burnhead Moss Education and Training Fund can be used to help ensure people can get to and from college, as well as help towards study aids and childcare.
The fund is restricted in this first round to students living in Avonbridge & Standburn, Limerigg & Slamannan and Blackridge who have started or are completing full-time courses such as MA/NC/HNC/HND from August 2016. The closing date is Monday 28th November.

In early 2017 a second round will invite applications from people undertaking short-term courses and training opportunities.

In the longer term it is hoped that this initiative will ensure that more people from these communities will be able to develop their skills and secure job opportunities.

A spokesperson from Avonbridge and Standburn Community Council said, "Let's make this money work! We believe that this fund can help people from our rural communities increase their skills and improve their chances of quality employment. Our first targets are young people attending vocational courses at college and adults retraining into work".

Linda Duckworth, Asset Manager from EDF ER said, ”We are delighted to have opened our first Education and Training Fund from the Burnhead Moss Wind Farm. The fund will have a priority for courses in Renewables and the wider energy industry and we feel it is a brilliant opportunity to support people local to the wind farm into training courses. We would like to thank the local community panel and colleges for working closely with us on this first fund which we intend to roll out across our other new community funds.”

For further information about how to apply visit /programmes/edf-burnhead-moss-education-and-training-fund/

 

 



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