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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Clashindarroch Community Fund takes shape

02 December 2014

Communities around Vattenfall's Clashindarroch Wind Farm have called for greater invetsment in the arts as well as planning for the long term future of the area according to Foundation Sotland, the organisation managing the wind farm's £185,000 a year fund.

Other areas of community interest ranged fdrom community services, sustainable transport, rural regeneration to cultural, historic and archeological heritage and an appeal that the money is used dfor longer term economic benefit creating local employment and generating income for the communities.

The advice was given in the lead up to a second round of meetings with over 35 local residents in the North East last week.

As the wind farm has been construcated and readies istself to generage electricity in the next few weeks Foundation Scotland has been gathering the view of people in the area on how to most effectively invest from the fund.

Foundation Scotland is asking people to continue sharing their ideas for how the fund can be used to makie sure as many local residents as posible have influenced the shape of the fund and its priorities.

"These discussion are reaslly on the beginning of a 20 - 25 year converstaion with the community," said Emma Margrett, Foundation Scotland's Community Engagement Executive: "Community priorities will change and its important that the Fund is flexible both in terms of the level of grant it can make and the type of acitivity that can be funded."

Joanne Hutchinson, Vattenfall's Senior Communication Adviser, said: "We're making steady progress towrds making the fund's first investments in 2015 but we want everyone to have a fair chance of getting involved o please get in touch with your ideas.  This is a significan fund and we ant it to make a difference to as many people as possible in the area."

Vattenfall asked Foundation Sotland last yaer to support managemenr of the significant fund on bhelaf of the Cabrach Community Association, Huntly Community Council, Strthbogie Community Council and Tap O Noth Community Council.Anyone wanting to get in touch about the Clashindarroch Community Fund can do so by emailing Emma Margrett from Foundation Scotland - Emma@Foundationscotland.org.uk or by call her on 07734 440 920.

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