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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Drone Hill community fund supports community resilience

05 May 2020

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Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund Panel has distributed £20,000 to four community councils to support local activities alleviating the effects of the coronavirus situation on residents. 

The community councils of Coldingham, Reston & Auchencrow, Cockburnspath & Cove and Grantshouse are co-ordinating a range of voluntary community activities helping local residents cope with the effects of lockdown.  Each will administer a £5,000 ‘microgrants’ fund, to support things like food bank arrangements, distributing essentials, transporting prescriptions and medicines, tackling hardship and supporting vulnerable residents.  Details of the schemes will be posted on local noticeboards, on social media and community websites. 

A spokesperson for Reston and Auchencrow Community Council described some of the work underway: 

“Here in the Reston & Auchencrow area we have hand delivered both Easter Eggs and an Easter Card to all residents.  The card was to make all the residents aware of the help that is available, with information on the card about how to contact the community council Resilient Group.  We’ve had some great responses from residents.  One told us ‘Thank you very much for our Easter eggs.  They were a lovely surprise and a great way of keeping in touch’ as well as ‘Thanks so very much for the surprise Easter egg and card, it really means a lot knowing that you are out there and being caring and thoughtful.’  A number of residents have also responded with offers of help.” 

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager from Foundation Scotland, said: 

“The Drone Hill Community Fund Advisory Panel, made up of local residents, has an intimate knowledge of what’s happening in the area and so was able to make informed and rapid decisions on how best to deploy the funds to support community activity in response to the virus.  We at Foundation Scotland have worked closely with the community councils to develop the microgrants approach, and offer some insights from experiences with other similar Community Funds elsewhere in Scotland, reassuring the Panel that they could award Funds rapidly and with confidence.”

The Panel in partnership with Foundation Scotland will continue to monitor the situation and consider how the Fund can support local community groups during and after the pandemic.  Regular Drone Hill Community Fund grant application rounds are likely to continue, with details posted on Foundation Scotland’s website:  

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