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 Fund responds to appetite for community projects

20 May 2020

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Residents of Reston will reap the benefits of a sustainable food project thanks to the Drone Hill Community Fund.

The project, run by Abundant Borders, will build on the success of previous food garden projects and aims to encourage people to grow their own food in communal spaces, whilst encouraging them to cook healthy food.

Karen Birch, Chief Officer at Abundant Borders, said:

“As a local charity working to address issues of food insecurity across the Scottish Borders we are delighted to have received support from the Drone Hill Community Fund. The funding will allow us to deliver healthy cooking classes within the area served by the Fund and will allow us to work with local groups and partners to identify suitable sites for the creation of community food gardens. Since the charity is based in Reston, it is particularly pleasing that we have received local funding to support local initiatives."

Other beneficiaries in the latest round of awards included: Reston Village Hall, Cocksburnpath & Cove Community Council, Coldingham Community Council and Reston Primary School Parent Forum.

Launched in 2012, the Community Fund is linked to Drone Hill Wind Farm, now owned by investors Greencoat UK Wind. The Fund provides £40,000 per year, index linked, for 25 years to support charitable activities that benefit those living in four community council areas; Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath & Cove, and Grantshouse.

Tom Rayner of Greencoat Wind UK, said “We are delighted to see the community fund flowing from Drone Hill Wind Farm making such a positive impact by supporting the valuable work of a wide range of local groups, including for example work to address local food security”.

The Community Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland, an independent charitable body, on behalf of Greencoat UK Wind. The Foundation works with a Panel of local people, drawn from across the four communities, who decide how funds should be allocated.

The next deadline for applications to the Fund is 20th September. For more information visit Drone Hill page

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Drone Hill wind farm on Coldingham Moor - JOHN A. MACINNES






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