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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Creating a Hall for All

05 March 2018

Forman Memorial Hall is investing in new secure storage space thanks to an award from the Langhope Rig Sub-Fund A.

Forman Memorial Hall is a popular community venue, hosting regular activities including dances, yoga, gardening forums, social events and fundraising events. However, storage on site is limited. The award will enable the Hall committee to provide secure storage facilities, creating a safer space for all users, and giving the committee more scope to organise more activities.

Gillian Anderson, Committee Secretary commented, “The Forman Memorial Hall committee are delighted to have been awarded the grant from Langhope Rig Community Fund, to provide us and all other organisations in the community with a clean and secure storage space. This will make a huge difference to the Hall freeing up space to provide a wider range of activities without having to shift equipment. “

Midlem Village Hall was also awarded £10K to improve access to the Hall.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment, added, “Village halls are a valuable community asset, providing a place where the whole community can come together to enjoy different activities. By supporting the two hall committees, the halls will continue to be at the heart of those communities for many years to come.”

Langhope Rig Sub-Fund A is an annual fund provided by Langhope Rig Wind Farm Ltd and managed by Foundation Scotland.

The deadline for the next round is 29th June 2018. For further information about how to apply go to /programmes/langhope-rig/

 

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