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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.
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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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East Lothian playgroup receives funding boost from Scotrail Foundation

26 November 2013

An East Lothian playgroup is celebrating after receiving £3,000 from the ScotRail Foundation.

The Puffin Playgroup, based at the Pennypit Centre in Prestonpans, provides a full range of activities for children aged between two and four years old. The group, which started in August this year, will use the Foundation funding to support its team of experienced staff in delivering classes based on the Scottish Government’s ‘Birth to Three’ curriculum.

The Foundation, which will distribute £100,000 by May 2014, is open to applications from any group which supports children or young people, improves the environment or enhances the general health and wellbeing of local areas.

Beth Sibbald, chairperson of the Puffin Playgroup’s parent committee, said; “We are very grateful for this generous donation.

“The money will allow us to continue running the playgroup for the foreseeable future.

“The application process is very straightforward and the staff at Foundation Scotland were supportive and easy to deal with.”

Across the country, 26 groups will share a total of £42,000 with amounts ranging from £250 to just under £5,000. Over £3,000 in ‘match funding’ has been distributed among 14 members of ScotRail staff to enhance individual fundraising efforts.

Director Pat Callaghan, who manages corporate social responsibility for ScotRail, said: “We believe we are much more than a railway operator and have a significant part to play in improving our communities. The ScotRail Foundation has been created to offer support to deserving groups whose valuable work enriches the life of people in various parts of the country.

“The Puffin Playgroup provides a valuable service to people in East Lothian. Their work has a positive impact on the lives of young people as it prepares them for the transition to school education - and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 17 January. Three regional committees of ScotRail staff, who volunteered for the role, will then meet to select the groups which best meet the criteria - and successful applicants will be announced in March 2014.

Foundation Scotland, an independent charity with more than 16 years’ experience, manages the fund on behalf of ScotRail.

Groups interested in submitting an application should contact Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4960 or visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/scotrail for more information.

For media enquiries:
David McNaught
Tel: 0141 333 9585
Mob: 07882798167
Email: david.mcnaught@bigpartnership.co.uk

Notes to editors:

• The ScotRail Foundation is a national programme available to groups and organisations across Scotland. The fund is provided by ScotRail directly as part of its commitment to their social and corporate responsibilities and is managed by Foundation Scotland on ScotRail's behalf.

• Groups and organisations are encouraged to apply (individuals are excluded). Recommendations for grants and how the money will be distributed will be made by an advisory panel drawn from ScotRail staff.

• Further advice and guidance is available via scotrail.co.uk/betterwaytobe or by emailing info@foundationscotland.org.uk

• Having even a limited connection to a rail or local station project may improve success rate

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