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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Windfarm Cash Helps Contin Gather Stories from the Past

12 November 2018

An oral history project in Contin will benefit from a grant of £2,600 from the EDF Renewables Contin Community Fund linked to the Corriemoillie wind farm.

‘What Contin Means to Me’ will gather memories and stories from local people. The project will also produce a leaflet about a popular local walk which will help locals and visitors explore an area with a rich and varied history.

Phil Baarda, the Contin history project coordinator said: We’re delighted we have got funding to go ahead with this project to discover what Contin means to people. We’re keen to speak and listen to anyone who lives in Contin, or has some connection to the place, so we can celebrate the area and its history - from today back through the ages to the earliest times - so we can celebrate Contin’s stories, people, history and landscape, through our inhabitants and their memories.   We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to be involved - please contact for more information.”

The EDF Renewables Contin Community Fund is alsoawarding £1,034 to support the production of six issues of the Contin Post, a new community newsletter set up by a group of local volunteers. This will be delivered to every house in Contin and keep residents updated on what’s going on in the area.

Nick Bradford, Head of Asset Management at EDF Renewables said, “It is great to see the local community putting the fund to good use. I hope as many people as possible get involved in the ‘What Contin means to me’ project and the Contin Post is well read. I’d encourage more people to apply for funding for their projects before the deadline in February.”

The next round of applications to the Contin Community Fund closes on Monday 4 February 2018. For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit /programmes/contin/ or telephone Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300.

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