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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New Education and Training Fund Launches

19 May 2017

The head-teacher and pupils at Dingwall Academy were on hand this week to hear from the owners of the Corriemoillie wind farm near Garve, about a new fund which will provide financial assistance to those looking to wishing to take up education, training or apprenticeship opportunities, with a particular focus on (but not limited to) the16517 EDF Fund 003 renewables and energy industry.

The fund has been developed by EDF Energy Renewables (EDF-ER), and is open to residents aged 16 and over living in the community council areas of Contin; Garve and District; Lochbroom; Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon; and Strathpeffer. EDF-ER has been assisted in the set-up of the fund by independent grant-making body Foundation Scotland, with invaluable support from a steering group of local volunteers, businesses, and education and training providers.

Karen Cormack of Dingwall Academy, a member of the steering group said: “There are a variety of education and training opportunities available locally; however the cost of attending these and limitations of public transport can be a real challenge for many. Grants available from the new EDF-ER Corriemoillie Education and Training Fund will mean that for many travel costs no longer need be a barrier, as well as providing help towards study aids, tools, course fees, accommodation costs, or childcare.“

“I am delighted to have played a role in developing this fund, and I look forward to seeing some of the pupils from Dingwall Academy benefit from the Fund as they pursue training and other education opportunities.”

The fund is not limited to individuals. Small businesses and third sector organisations may be eligible for assistance to help cover the costs of providing apprenticeships, and activities that provide insight into what it is like to work in a specific sector can also be funded e.g. visits from school pupils or those who have recently been made redundant to a business premises.

The Fund will provide £48,450 in its first year, and will be managed by Foundation Scotland. Communities within the Fund Area of Benefit are those within the community council areas of: Garve & District; Contin; Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon; Strathpeffer; and Lochbroom.

Grant Folley of EDF-ER said: “We are delighted to have opened our Education and Training Fund from the Corriemoillie wind farm. The Fund will have a priority for training in renewables and the wider energy industry. Other industries, such as construction or land-based businesses, are however also to be supported. Our aim is that this money will equip local residents with the necessary skills to take up employment opportunities, whilst supporting small business create job opportunities. We would like to thank the steering group of local community volunteers and the representatives from education and training bodies and from local business, for working closely with us on developing this fund to ensure that it will meet local needs.”

For further information visit how to apply .There will be two rounds of awards each year, and the closing date for the first round of applications is 19th June 2017.


For further information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4963 or mobile 07718772726

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