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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Five years of grant-making having a major impact!

12 November 2018

Since making its first awards in 2013, the E.ON Camster Community Fund has distributed over £550,000 to groups across the three Community Council areas of Latheron, Lybster & Clyth, Tannach & District and Watten.

The Fund has had an impact on the whole community - be it supporting community activities, supporting those who are vulnerable e.g. Caithness Voluntary Group who received funding to operate their Befriending project, to helping organisations meet demand and recruit new staff e.g. Lybster Daycare Association; to improving local assets e.g. upgrading of village halls which the whole community can enjoy.

However, its impact, is not just restricted to the three community council areas Caithness wide projects are also benefitting, with 22% of the fund being spent across the area. Awards have included £12,300 to RBLS Wick, Canisbay and Latheron Branch to purchase marquees for the Mey Games, and the £2,800 awarded to the Caithness Kayak Club to buy new boats and safety equipment.

An interesting development has been the creation of a Caithness Event Resource Bank to support organisations hosting events. This contains all known assets which are available to groups to borrow or hire. Examples include marquees, crowd barriers, tables, chairs, portable event toilets, a menu board and a 14 seater mini bus. For details on the list visit /communities/funds/camster-fund-news/

Nick Taylor, who works for E.ON’s renewable energy business, helped develop its Camster wind farm. He said: “We’re proud of Camster wind farm, the contribution it has made to green energy being generated in Scotland and the benefit brought more locally through the E.ON Camster Community Fund.

“Under the management of Foundation Scotland and with the contribution of committed local volunteers, many deserving projects have received funding over the past five years, bringing significant improvements and better facilities to the local community. We’re delighted to have been able to share the success of our wind farm through the E.ON Camster Community Fund, and grateful to Foundation Scotland for the vital role it has played in this.”

Foundation Scotland administers the Fund on behalf of the wind farm operator, E.ON. The E.ON Camster Community Fund can distribute up to £150K a year for the operating lifetime of the wind farm.

Eilidh Gunn, Foundation Scotland’s local representative, said, “The Panel is committed to ensuring the Fund is working at its best. Each application is given due consideration and the Panel does its best to make the right decision at the time. It was very interesting to stop and take stock of the previous five years’ awards. I very much look forward to seeing the applications coming forward in the future”

Further information on the Fund can be viewed on the Foundation Scotland website at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/camster.

 

 

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