Important Message On Coronavirus

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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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Fourteen Communities across UK to benefit from Glasgow 2014 legacy

19 January 2015

Fourteen communities have been selected to receive three years of funding to increase community participation and improve wellbeing as part of the XX Commonwealth Games legacy.

Six Scottish communities will be able to access dedicated funding and support to deliver long-lasting social change inspired by the XX Commonwealth Games. Three of the partner communities are in the Commonwealth Games host city Glasgow - Calton, Ruchill & Possilpark, and Gorbals. Each represent a distinct part of Glasgow (north-east, north-west and south). The other three Scottish communities are Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh, Caithness and Islay.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Foundation Scotland’s Head of Community Investment said ‘Across Scotland people are of course already contributing to decision making about their own communities in many different ways. But it’s less common for communities themselves to have control of where and how money is spent in their community. Through our Scotland wide work on community benefit funds, we have good experience supporting communities with community funds that they themselves can direct and control. We are looking forward to sharing this learning with the six Fourteen communities in Scotland and being alongside them as they work out how to use this income opportunity to enhance participation and well-being in their community.’

Fourteen is a £3.5m programme funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action.

Other UK communities to benefit from the Fourteen investment are:

• Harpurhey & Moston (Manchester), Kingstanding (Birmingham), Ryhope & Hendon (Sunderland), Southmead (Bristol)

• Mid Rhondda (Rhondda) and Bro Aberffraw (Anglesey)

• Monkstown & New Mossley (Belfast) and Creggan (Derry/Londonderry)

England, Scotland and Wales will be delivered and managed by UK Community Foundations (UKCF) (in partnership with Community Foundation in Wales, Foundation Scotland, Heart of England Community Foundation, Forever Manchester, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation and Quartet Community Foundation)
Northern Ireland will be delivered and managed by Springboard (in partnership with Strive NI)

Together, with Spirit, the partners will create a legacy of improving wellbeing and happiness. Fourteen is community led and each community will decide themselves how they want to increase participation in one or more of the following activities: social action & volunteering; grass roots sport & physical activity; culture activity & arts; and youth leadership & personal development.

All activities will be inclusive and aimed at supporting local people in developing their potential and feeling able to actively contribute to their community.

Events such as Glasgow 2014 and London 2012 are remarkable in their ability to bring people together: inspiring pride through the power of participation. Fourteen is aimed at sustaining this positivity – empowering people to get out in their local area, to be involved and to feel better.

We will change fourteen communities and thousands of lives.

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 says:
“Spirit was established to extend the opportunities and inspiration of events, such as London 2012, to communities across the UK. Our investment into Glasgow 2014 and its UK-wide legacy was our first big commitment. Fourteen represents the lion’s share of that. The communities announced today are direct grassroots beneficiaries of the Glasgow 2014 legacy. They have put forward what changes they want to see in their area, and have a vision of the difference this money will make. Led by local people to impact local people - we’re hugely excited to get fourteen underway.”

Kate Stewart, Interim Chief Executive of UKCF added:
“Events such as the London 2012 Olympics and the XX Commonwealth Games play an enormous part in making tangible the ‘community spirit’ that we so often refer to. The challenge is keeping the momentum of such events going. We’re delighted that the communities announced today are set to benefit from this funding and know that, supported by community foundations’ local reach and knowledge; this legacy funding will go right into the heart of these communities across the UK, helping to keep the sentiment of these sporting events alive. Spirit’s vision is a legacy of wellbeing, aspiration and inclusion and UK Community Foundations and our community foundation partners are proud to be a part of it.”


For further information about the funding of Fourteen and Spirit of 2012, please contact Head of Communications, Penny East 07833 470985

For further information about the Fourteen programme in Scotland, please contact Jan Torrance, Head of Communications, Tel: 0141 341 4960.

Notes to Editors

About Spirit of 2012
Spirit of 2012 was established by the Big Lottery Fund in 2013 to empower people to get out, be involved and feel better. It ensures the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic is felt across the UK. By connecting events to communities across the country, we ensure our investment is of local, regional and national benefit. Spirit tackles isolation and disadvantage by supporting those providing opportunities in sport, arts and volunteering.

We believe that enabling people to participate in a wide-range of activities will
• Improve health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and society as a whole
• Improve perceptions of disability and impairment
• Lead to greater social cohesion and understanding @So2012
Spirit of 2012 is a registered charity (1155110) and a limited company (8474083) in England and Wales

About UKCF
UKCF is the membership organisation for community foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes. Community foundations operate to ensure any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, is effective and brings greatest benefit to those in need in our local communities. Last year, community foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £65 million to local causes. Community foundations’ total managed endowment stood at £450 million in March 2014.

We represent 48 quality accredited community foundation members. Our Quality Accreditation process is endorsed by the Charity Commission and uses standards consistent with the Charity Commission's Hallmarks of an Effective Charity, with robust, transparent and fair assessment processes. Achieving Quality Accreditation demonstrates that community foundations are serious about quality and accountability.

About Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland’s community engagement team delivers a dynamic portfolio of activity across Scotland for a diverse client base, supporting communities to maximise opportunities from community based funding and development programmes. Our approach enables and empowers local people to develop their own ideas and collective strategies for local funds coming from a range of sources notably onshore wind farms, complementing or working alongside a range of third sector and public sector bodies at local, regional and national levels.

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