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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Events team lend a hand at spring litter pick!

28 April 2014

Volunteers rallied at Glen Nevis this weekend to take part in the Spring Litter Sweep and Curling Pond Tidy Up, organised P1000252by community conservation charity, Friends of Nevis. 

Individuals, friends and families helped pick litter and tidy up local paths and walkways to ensure the iconic Ben Nevis area remains a stunning attraction for local residents and tourists to enjoy.

Local volunteers were joined by Foundation Scotland’s Events team who organise the Caledonian Challenge, an outdoor charity trek which sees participants walk 54 miles in 24 hours; from Gairlochy north of Fort William to Strathfillan.

Head of Foundation Scotland Events, Fraser Lennox said, “We had a brilliant time on Sunday helping out at the Spring Litter Sweep. Not only did we enjoy a great afternoon in the sunshine getting to know local volunteers, but helped contribute towards maintaining and preserving the majestic Nevis environment, which boasts some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery - it was a real pleasure.” 

Friends of Nevis volunteers have supported teams at registration on the Caledonian Challenge for several years; since 2010 the group has been awarded grants worth £4900 for their endeavour. 

The Caledonian Challenge takes place on 14/15 June. 

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