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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80 delegates to share learning at Foundation Scotland Community Benefit Seminar

26 August 2013

On Tuesday 27th August, over 80 delegates will come together at Easterbook Hall, Dumfries to attend a seminar to share learning on community benefit funding from renewable energy developments. The event is being organised and facilitated by Foundation Scotland. Delegates from community councils, local councillors and development organisations will discuss how best to achieve impact with community benefit funding.

This is the second seminar on community benefit run by Foundation Scotland which currently works alongside 68 community councils throughout Scotland. Speakers include community representatives from other areas keen to share their experiences with communities in the Dumfries and Galloway area. Andrew Mellor, Acting Chair of Glenkens Community and Arts Trust and member of Glenkens Community Benefit Committee will welcome delegates. The committee was set up to help all community councils around New Galloway address some of the challenges they face in relation to wind farm community benefit funds in their area.

Foundation Scotland takes an open and collaborative approach to help communities manage funds in a way that is informed, effective and efficient, supporting bespoke good governance, distribution and delivery arrangements and sharing good practice. It has been involved with 31 Community Benefit funds throughout Scotland disbursing nearly £2m each year and has gained a wealth of knowledge in community benefit funding as a result.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment adds, “The seminars are part of a wider programme to share learning and best practice. We have also set up a protocol group drawing together community representatives from areas where the Foundation is involved in such funds. The group will produce guidance aimed at helping communities when faced with incoming funds so they don’t have to learn the hard way.”

“We are also developing a range of case studies covering fund management and the positive impact for communities brought about through community benefit funds, which will be soon be available on our website.”

The day long programme will explore emerging policy, practice and learning around what is being increasingly recognised as an unprecedented opportunity for communities. What needs to be in place to achieve social and economic impact and what are the different models of governing and managing funds that enable and support a community-led approach. Perspectives will come from a variety of speakers from communities to developers.”

Fergus Ewing, MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism will address delegates on the Scottish Government’s policy on community benefits and the support they are putting in place to help communities and developers reach agreement on how those funds are delivered.


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