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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Cockburnspath & Cove Community Activity Fuelled By Kinegar Wind Farm Community Fund

01 April 2020

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Foresight Kinegar Community Fund for Cockburnspath & Cove has provided a second grant to continue and enhance community development work in the area.  The grant will support the incredible community response to immediate challenges posed by the coronavirus situation, whilst developing vital new initiatives to enhance community life once the pandemic diminishes. 

The grant will double the hours of a Community Development Facilitator, who started out in November 2019 with the remit of facilitating production of a Community Action Plan using the ‘Planning for Real’ approach.  Her work rapidly changed direction over Christmas when Cockburnspath’s only shop unexpectedly and suddenly closed permanently, and then again when lockdown posed additional challenges particularly to vulnerable residents. 

The new grant will initially enable her to work with volunteers across the community to support the community’s response to the epidemic, working with the local Church Minister, Reverend Suzie Fletcher, to arrange food parcels, prescriptions, other essentials and hardship payments to ease the effects of the situation.  The grant will also enable her to work extensively with residents keen to take forward ideas for a new community owned shop facility, and complete the master plan for the area’s future development.  Additional administrative support will also maximise the work that can be undertaken in the time available.

“Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council are extremely grateful for the grant funds from Kinegar Wind Farm Community Fund to assist our community during these strange and challenging times.  They have helped us set up a robust food bank, and an emergency relief fund to assist the community to cope with the financial implications of income reduction as a result of the pandemic.  As we move forward into further lockdown, we envisage that the numbers of people who require help will increase, and that we will require more and more “consumables” (such as gloves) to protect our volunteers.  We also have some further projects in mind, for example providing some cooked meals for those most vulnerable.  The Community Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Reverend Suzie Fletcher for spearheading the community response from our Church Hall, and her team of local volunteers who have enthusiastically responded to the needs of community members.”  (Pauline Hood, Chair of Cockburnspath & Cove Community Council)

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager from Foundation Scotland, highlighted the importance of supporting local priorities:  “The Cockburnspath and Cove community have clearly shown great resourcefulness and resilience in the face of some major shocks to community life.  I’m delighted that Foundation Scotland has been able to work with the Community Council to support local priorities, facilitate support from the Kinegar Wind Farm Community Fund, and play a part in linking them up with other groups and organisations.”

Kinegar (Cockburnspath & Cove) Community Fund supports community projects that benefit those living in the Cockburnspath & Cove Community Council area in the Scottish Borders.  The Fund has been set up by Kinegar Wind Farm Limited, a Foresight Group ("Foresight") project.  Contributions to the Fund are shared equally between Foresight and Neuk Farm landlords, Arnot and Steven Findlay.

“It is heartening that the Foresight Kinegar Community Fund can respond so quickly to the needs of the local community at this challenging time providing direct assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We know that the Community Council and local groups work incredibly hard and we’re pleased that funds from Kinegar Windfarm can help make a lasting difference in Cockburnspath and Cove.” (Richard Thompson , Partner at Foresight)

The Community Council, in partnership with Foundation Scotland, will continue to monitor the situation and consider how the Fund can support local community groups during and after the pandemic.  Regular Kinegar Community Fund grant application rounds will continue, with details posted on the fund's website.  

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