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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Wind farm fund now provides up to £10,000 for community projects

02 July 2018

Community groups and local charities can now apply for larger grants through Greencoat Drone Hill Community Fund.  Applicants are able to request up to a maximum of £10,000 in funding towards their project.

The decision comes in light of the Fund Panel’s wish to ensure the local communities gets maximum benefit from the fund.

Launched in 2012, the Community Fund is linked to Drone Hill Wind Farm, now owned by investors Greencoat UK Wind.  Through the Fund, Greencoat are providing a total of £40,000 per year, index linked, over 25 years to support charitable activities benefiting those living in four community council areas; Reston and Auchencrow, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and Granthouse.

Foundation Scotland, an independent charitable body, manages the Community Fund on behalf of Greencoat. The Foundation works with representatives from the four communities who make up the Fund Panel, and who decide how funds should be allocated so as to ensure positive long-lasting impact.

Tom Black, Foundation Scotland commented “This new higher level of funding will hopefully attract those community groups and charitable bodies who have ideas for a project but for whom limited funding opportunities may have prevented them from taking their idea forward thus far.”

The next deadline for applications is 14 September with decisions due in mid-November

Further information and application materials can be found at /programmes/drone-hill/

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