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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Carnival comes to Coldingham

05 June 2018

A taste of Brazil is coming to Coldingham thanks to an award from the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund. The grant is one of nine recent awards made totalling £22,976.

The award of £4,620 to Coldingham Gala Committee will help the Committee establish a village samba band, purchase the drums and percussion kit and recruit a specialist tutor.

Chairman of the Gala Committee, Jim Taylor commented; "This is a real coup for Coldingham and its partner villages. The establishment of a performing Samba Band, involving local school children, young people and adults will give a further musical and performing focus for the local area and will act as a catalyst for involving the population as a whole, and in so doing, hopefully contribute to social cohesion."

Other groups to benefit in this latest round of funding include 1st Dunglass Guides towards the costs of coach hire to attend the National Girlguiding Event, Wellies and Wristbands; Eyemouth and District Walking Netball to purchase equipment, and; St Abbs and Eyemoth Voluntary Marine Reserve to contribute to the cost of running the “Jump In” to your Marine Reserve 2018 event.

Foundation Scotland administer the Fund on behalf of Greencoat Wind UK, owner of the Drone Hill Wind Farm. Tom Black, of the Foundation, said “The fund continues to support a whole range of projects ensuring everyone in the community benefits. The Panel are keen to ensure the fund has maximum impact and have therefore raised the maximum grant to £10,000. This new higher level of funding available will hopefully attract those groups who have ideas for a project but for whom limited funding opportunities may have prevented them from taking their idea forward thus far.”

For more information about the fund and how to apply visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/dronehill

Launched in 2012, the Community Fund is linked to Drone Hill Wind Farm, now owned by investors Greencoat UK Wind. The Fund provides £40,000 per year, index linked, for 25 years to support charitable activities that benefit those living in four community council areas; Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and Grantshouse.

Foundation Scotland is an independent charitable body that manages the Community Fund on behalf of Greencoat. The Foundation works with the communities to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long-lasting impact.

 

 

 

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