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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Local bids to Clashindarroch Wind Farm community fund wanted!

11 August 2015

Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund is open for a second round of funding applications and local groups from the areas served by the Huntly, Strathbogie and Tap O Noth Community Councils and Cabrach Community Association areas, are being encouraged to apply for grants.

The fund welcomes applicants that deliver projects which support positive change and strategic impact within the communities. Grants of up to £25,000 are available.

The Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland on behalf of Vattenfall the developer of the Clashindarroch Wind Farm.

Pete Kunz, Service Leader, Vattenfall said; “We have had a fantastic response from the local community to date. I look forward to hearing more about the second round of grants, please get in touch with your ideas.”

Iain Catto, Foundation Scotland’s local representative added, “The first round of funding produced some excellent applications from some vibrant local groups. I hope that the second round will be even more popular.”

Applicants should apply before the deadline of 5th September. It is anticipated to have a further round of applications invited early in 2016.

The Fund’s purpose, priorities and award levels have been informed by the Clashindarroch Conversation which community members contributed to in 2014. The results of the Conversation and applications forms are available at /programmes/clashindarroch/.

For more information about the fund and how to apply visit /programmes/clashindarroch/ or alternatively contact Iain Catto or 0791275 9525.

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