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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Cardenden Community Fund re-opens

14 April 2017

Community groups and charities in Cardenden are encouraged to apply to the Infinis Westfield Cardenden Community Fund before the next deadline of the 15th May.

The fund, managed by Foundation Scotland, welcomes applications from groups providing activities or services for people in the Cardenden community council area.

The Fund is provided by Infinis the owner of the Westfield Wind Farm. Westfield Wind Farm Ltd will provide £37,500 per annum for the life of the wind farm which is expected to be up to 25 years, with the monies being split between the communities of Cardenden, Kinglassie and Benarty.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu said: “Since the fund opened in 2015, it has supported a variety of organisations and we hope their success will inspire even more groups to apply in this coming round. The fund supports groups looking to improve local services and activities in the Cardenden area. If you are unable to apply to this round for funding, there will be further deadlines in September 2017 and again in January 2018. “

More information and an application form are available here

 

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