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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Business Mentoring Pilot Project applications now open

07 August 2018

The EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Education and Training Fund has been successfully helping residents in the areas surrounding the Corriemoillie windfarm to access training and education for the last eighteen months.

The Fund has now set aside cash to help local businesses who want the support of a mentor. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees in the community council areas of Contin; Garve and District; Lochbroom; Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon; and Strathpeffer can apply. The business must have been trading for two years.

Awards of up to £4,000 are available under this pilot scheme. This can cover the costs of a mentor’s time and expenses such as travel and accommodation.

Bea Jefferson, the Fund coordinator said: “We have kept the application process simple. We want to hear from businesses what difference having a mentor will make for them – and that can be done in writing, or in another way, such as recording a short video on a phone. We only have two awards available under this pilot project during this funding round, but if it’s successful, we will have more awards in future.”

Nick Bradford, Head of Asset Management at EDF Renewables said “We would encourage businesses to put in an application for a mentoring award. Drawing on the expertise of an external mentor can really help a business to grow in confidence and skills.”

The closing date for applications is 27th August 2018.

For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit /programmes/corriemoille-education-and-training/ or email

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