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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Changes to Community Benefit Fund Approved

21 August 2013

The Community Council’s for Lairg, Creich, Ardgay & District have agreed to a change in the way community benefit funds from the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund and the SSE Achany Community Fund are disbursed. Previously, the entire funds could be awarded to projects in any of these areas (or a combination). As of today, and on a trial period, both funds will be equally shared between the three areas.

The Councils have agreed to the proposal from the SSE and E.ON Rosehall Community Funds Panel, a group of locally appointed representatives that make recommendations on how both funds are spent, that a notional third of each fund will be distributed equally across the three areas. By agreeing to this approach the Panel hopes to encourage a more equal distribution of the funds.

The change will operate as a pilot over a three year period, to identify the impact this change has on local developmental activity and whether or not it can help bring about greater benefit for each of the three communities.

Decisions on awards will continue to be made through the single joint panel, which is a valuable forum for dialogue and learning across the three communities.

Tom Black, Community Engagement Manager for Foundation Scotland who administer the Rosehall Community Fund on behalf of E.ON said; “This is an important decision for the future running of the community benefit fund, which we hope will result in a greater local appetite for funding, and more equity in the way the monies are distributed. We are pleased to continue to work with all three community councils to ensure the effective disbursement of this important local source of funding.”

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