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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Bursary boost – the story of Burnhead Moss Education & Training Fund (BMET)

09 September 2020

CARES case study documents the history of an innovative bursary scheme supported by Burnhead Wind Farm community benefit funding.

Training and jobs are rarely far from the headlines.   But many people worry that they don’t have enough money to pay for course fees, equipment, travel or childcare to take part in training.  Missing out on training opportunities can make it difficult to get a job, take up more skilled work and aspire to a more positive future.  This can undermine people’s confidence and well-being.  The Burnhead Moss Education & Training Fund (BMET) provides bursaries to help residents of villages in West Lothian and Falkirk overcome some of the financial barriers to training.  It also covers the cost of a local outreach worker, who has played a key role in the Fund’s success. 

We produced this case study telling the story of how we worked together with a Working Group of local residents and EDF Renewables to set this Fund up.  This case study is part of a series of ‘best practice’ stories put together by our partner Local Energy Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

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