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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COMMUNITY COUNCIL FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 BRINGS BENEFITS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

29 June 2020

In March, the Clyde Wind Farm (Dumfries and Galloway) Community Fund allocated part of its annual funding to support local community-led Covid-19 responses. This support, in the form of ‘micro’ grants of up to £250, has been distributed directly by Community Councils in the fund’s area of benefit to provide emergency funding for local charities, community groups and individuals. It has aided some of the most vulnerable in the Annandale & Nithsdale communities.

The Royal Burgh of Sanquhar & District Community Council has used its allocation to support Sanquhar Patchwork Group and Sanquhar Sewing Bee to purchase materials for face mask production for use by community group volunteers and carers; to provide funding for the Town of Sanquhar Facebook Group to keep running the community social media page providing crucial up to date information for the local community such as shop opening times; and to Crawick & Nithsdale Wheelers to purchase cycle helmets for under 16’s in the area to help promote exercise in the form of cycling during the lockdown.


Community Councillor, Nancy Kirkpatrick said, “These grants are vital to the community, especially during the Coronavirus outbreak” and Iain Baker, Community Councillor expressed his gratitude for the help that the fund was providing to the community in this difficult time.


Closeburn Community Council is using its allocation to supply monthly isolation packs of books, games & sweets to isolated children and to older people during the lockdown.


Kirkpatrick Juxta Community Council has provided resilience parcels to isolated and shielding community members. It has also supported Beattock Primary School Nursery environmental project and has provided three Kindle tablets for Beattock residents in Bankfoot Care Home as an entertainment resource whilst group activities are restricted.


Moffat & District Community Council has supported the local nursery which is a hub for local key workers; and has provided Kindle tablets to Bankfoot Care Home residents from Moffat.


David Booth, Community Councillor said, “With these local grants we have touched and enabled the diverse parts of our community, during these interesting times when different methods and strategies need to be deployed, most of the grants shall also have longevity into the future.”


Gareth Shields, Community Investment Manager for SSE said “These awards show how much can be achieved for a relatively small amount of money. The way the communities that SSE work with across the country have responded to the Covid-19 emergency has been both inspirational and humbling in equal measure. We are grateful to Foundation Scotland and the communities involved for they way that they have administered this emergency funding.”


The Clyde Wind Farm (Dumfries and Galloway) Community Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland on behalf of SSE. Sam Bramwell, Community Fund Coordinator said, “How people have come together so quickly to support those most vulnerable in their communities has been uplifting. I am delighted that these micro grants have proved to be so useful.”


Visit Clyde Wind Farm (Dumfries & Galloway) Community Fund's page for more information

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