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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Funding available from A’Chruach Fund

05 February 2018

Community groups and charities serving Dunadd, West Loch Fyne and Lochgilphead are being urged to apply to the Ventient A’Chruach Community Wind Farm Fund, before the next deadline of 30th March.

The Fund was established to support community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative, and improves the communities of West Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead.

During 2017, the Fund supported 18 groups distributing over £130K. Awards were made to projects addressing fund priorities; enhancing infrastructure, provision of activities for young people, developing enterprise, encouraging tourism and developing community services.

Beneficiaries included, Artmap Argyll Ltd to support the running of the Lantern Festival; Mid Argyll Transport Volunteers to help cover annual running costs; 19th Argyll Lochgilphead Scouts to purchase equipment to support group activities, Minard Community Trust to carry out significant improvements to the village hall; Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Ltd to cover costs associated with employing modern apprentices; Lochgilphead Soccer Centre assist with costs of equipment, training kit, coach training, and participation in football festivals; and Blarbuie Woodland Enterprises to upgrade woodland paths.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Communities, Foundation Scotland said, “The Panel is keen to support those priorities identified in the local plans that each of the three communities developed in preparation for the Fund, and encourages groups delivering work addressing these issues to apply.”

For more information on the Fund and how to apply visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/achruach.

ENDS

For further information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4963


Foundation Scotland distributes funds for over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and public bodies. Our in-depth knowledge of the charitable and community sectors ensures that funding has the greatest value.

Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £3M in community benefit payments annually mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. The Foundation works with over 145 communities and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of over 50 community funds across Scotland.

The Foundation favours a long term view, promotes and harnesses community strengths and supports decision making processes that are inclusive, accountable and community-led.

 

 

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