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 Funding for Forth Valley Orienteers

01 December 2014

Forth Valley Orienteers is celebrating after receiving a cash boost from the Earlsburn Community Fund to create an orienteering map of Barr Wood. The current map of Barr Wood is 22 years old and in need of updating. The £750 grant from the fund will allow the group to carry out the necessary survey work and preparation of a new digital map. It is hoped then the Barr Wood can attract both domestic and international orienteering competitions.

The fund is provided by wind farm developers Falck Renewables Wind, through their subsidiary Earlsburn Wind Energy Limited. Foundation Scotland was appointed by Falck Renewables Wind to manage and administer the community fund. The Foundation work with an advisory panel made up of representatives from Cambusbarron, Carron Valley and Denny and District to help them decide how funds should be allocated.

Erin Murchie, Community Relations Manager, Falk said, “We are delighted to be able to help bring the map of Barr Wood up to date. It would be a real boost for the area to attract national and international competitions and we wish Forth Valley Orienteers well with their plans.”

Other beneficiaries from the recent award panel include; Cambusbarron Community Council, to deliver a monthly community newsletter, Denny Community Support Group to take 40 young people to the Christmas pantomime, CR Cats to buy 2 slalom boats to help train local children and Denny and Dunipace YMCA to renovate parts of their community hall. 

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