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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Cambusbarron Community Fund open for new applications

14 September 2020

Community groups providing services and activities in Cambusbarron can apply for grants from the Cambusbarron Community Fund.

At least £30,000 is available to support projects which will make a difference to local residents.  This could include projects which improve the local environment, provide vocational training, or improve community facilities.  Projects which help young people or the elderly are also eligible.

From enterprise to the arts, and heritage to transport, the Fund welcomes project ideas to improve life in Cambusbarron. 

Grants made last year are already making a difference in the area.  Cambusbarron Playgroup received £2,000 to buy kid’s outdoor clothing and gardening equipment, opening up the great outdoors for local children.  Cambusbarron Community Out of School Club received funding to provide discounted after-school sessions to families facing financial challenges, whilst the Community Council received £2,000 to replace the steps leading from Birkhill Road to Bruce's Well.

Grant awards in this round will be determined by Cambusbarron Community Council.  Marion MacAllister, chair of Cambusbarron Community Council said:

“We created a roadmap of ambition in our Community Action Plan which has been distributed around the village.  We hope that this will encourage lots of groups to come forward with ideas and the determination to transform our community area and create an environment which enhances the lives of all residents.”

Funding comes from community benefit payments from the Earlsburn and Kingsburn Wind Farms owned by Falck Renewables.  in nearby Carron Valley.  The Fund is administered by national grant-making charity Foundation Scotland, who will assess all recommendations and support the local decision-making arrangements.  Rachel Searle, Foundation Scotland’s Head of Communities, said: 

“We believe local people are best placed to create positive change in their own communities, so we support them to do just that.  The Cambusbarron Community Fund is a great example of this.  We’re here to bring our knowledge of grant-making good practice to help make sure funds get to where they’ll make the most difference in Cambusbarron.”

The application deadline is 12 October, with full details on Foundation Scotland’s website:

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