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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Chirnside Club Boxes Clever to Secure Funds for Own Premises

22 July 2015

A recent grant from the Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund will contribute to the cost of purchasing permanent premises for Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club.

Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club has a strong record in delivering successful coaching and in competition boxing matches. The Club has around 110 members and is unique in the Scottish Borders. In addition to running a strong junior section of registered boxers gaining recognition regionally and nationally, it offers non-contact sessions for juniors aged 6 to 9 years and female-only fitness sessions for those aged 16 years and over. Chirnside took six boxers to the 2013 Internationals and returned with six gold medals - a major achievement for a small club.

The Club was displaced from its previous premises in September 2014 and has since secured temporary accommodation at the Chirnside Masonic Hall, which has now been converted into a purpose use gym for the Club. The Hall has now been offered to the Club for outright sale on a first refusal basis.

The grant of £2500 from Drone Hill Community Fund will contribute towards the purchase of the premises. The Club is working hard to raise the rest of the funds required from other sources.

Robert Donaldson, Club Secretary, said: “This grant means a lot to Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club. It will help us secure our own purpose-use premises on a permanent basis, bringing stability and enabling us to continue to grow. We want to build on our sporting successes and continue to provide the facilities and coaching that is building fitness, confidence, sporting discipline and a sense of achievement amongst our members.”

Stephen Lilley, of Greencoat UK Wind said: “We are delighted to help support Chirnside. Their record of success has been extremely impressive for a relatively small club, and we hope they can maintain those high standards as they continue to grow.”

Launched in 2012, the Community Fund is linked to Drone Hill Wind Farm, now owned by investors Greencoat. The Fund will provide £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 Granthouse.

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

The next deadline for applications to the Fund is 30th September 2015. For more information about the fund and details about the latest awards visit /dronehill

 

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