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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Carrick Futures open again

29 January 2015

Carrick Futures, which receives funds from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms, is open again for grant-making and keen to support a diverse range of community activity, particularly in the south Carrick area. 

With a focus on the communities of Ballantrae, Colmonell & Lendalfoot, Barr, Barrhill, Pinmore & Pinwherry and Girvan & District, funds will support projects that make these communities even better places to live, work and visit. Some funds are also available for projects benefiting the wider Carrick area.

Carrick Futures has been closed for new applications since the autumn so Directors could review its grant-making approach. 

The Fund has three different grant levels. Small grants of up to £500 will continue to be administered by each of the primary community councils. Standard grants of £500 - £35,000 and large grants of over £35,000 will be administered through the secretariat, Foundation Scotland. Larger grants will now be subject to a two stage process. Directors will meet four times in 2015 to make decisions on awards. 

Roger Pirrie, Carrick Futures Chair said: “It has been important for Directors to take stock of how we have been working up until now. This has involved talking with members of Carrick Futures and consulting with other stakeholders to review our application, assessment and reporting procedures. It is now time to open for business again and ensure that eligible groups are aware of the funding that Carrick Futures can provide. We are looking for strong projects that support regeneration and sustainability, especially when they also involve helping communities own or develop assets. We also recognise that much of the activity Carrick Futures is committed to supporting is done by volunteer-led groups and organisations and we are keen to support these groups to become stronger and even more effective.”

Cara Gillespie, Foundation Scotland’s lead for work with communities and partners in south Scotland commented, “We know there are groups ready with projects that have been waiting patiently for the new guidance and application material so the first closing date for applications is 23 February 2015. In the coming months Carrick Futures will have local ‘drop in’ sessions so groups can discuss their project ideas face to face. We would also encourage groups to utilise Ailsa Horizons and Voluntary Action South Ayrshire, who exist to help and guide voluntary organisations that continue to provide such critical services and facilities for communities.” 

Further information and details about how to apply can be found on Carrick Futures’ new website at www.carrickfutures.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Carrrick Futures
Carrick Futures was established as a company limited by guarantee in 2009 by local communities with assistance from Ailsa Horizons, a social enterprise and charity based in Girvan.

Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland is a Scottish charity with expertise in distributing funds to community projects on behalf of a range of different donors. Since 2008, it has also developed expertise in designing and distributing community benefit funds linked to onshore commercial wind farms. Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £1.3M in community benefit payments annually, mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. It works with over 80 community councils and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of community funds across Scotland. The Foundation favours a long term view, promotes and harnesses community strengths and supports decision making processes that are inclusive, accountable and community-led.

In August 2014 Carrick Futures appointed Foundation Scotland to administer funds it receives from ScottishPower Renewables’ Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms for the benefit of Carrick communities. 

For media enquiries please contact:

Jan Torrance t: 0141 341 4960 M: 07780 564449 or email: jan@foundationscotland.org.uk

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