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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Gala Day Future is Bright!

11 June 2018

Douglas Gala Day Committee has secured funding for the next three years thanks to an award of over £10K from Ventient Energy’s Galawhistle Wind Farm Fund.  The group is one of several local organisations benefitting from the latest round of awards from the Fund.

Douglas Gala Day is a long-standing community event, celebrating village life and bringing people together.  The committee organise a range of activities in the week leading up to the day, as well as the actual day.  In previous year, families have had to pay for each activity, which was prohibitive for many. The grant will enable the committee to provide more attractions at a more affordable cost for families.

David Weir Chair, of the Douglas Gala Day Committee said, “We would like to express our delight having received a three-year grant.  This will benefit the Gala day three ways  - stabilise the long standing tradition of our gala and to help make our gala better for the villagers of Douglas and the outlying areas; enable us to provide more attractions at our main event, with the grant we will be ensuring a lower cost to the local community, so both adults and children can have a fun day; with funding we are trying to establish a community pageant and we can help the community so all feel welcome to participate in all activities.”

Scott Mackenzie, CEO of Ventient Energy said, “We are delighted that the fund is making a real difference to the communities neighbouring our wind farms and helping to bring communities together. We take a lot of pride in supporting community initiatives through the active involvement of local residents and look forward to hearing about many more exciting projects to benefit the local area.”

Other groups to benefit in this latest round of funding include: Douglasdale Folk Festival Association; Coalburn Homing Club; Coalburn Silver Band; Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society and Douglas Victoria Bowling Club. The awards made totalled £42,790.

 The Ventient Energy Galawhistle Wind Farm Fund is administered by grant-making charity Foundation Scotland, with decisions on awards made by a Panel of local people drawn from the communities of Coalburn, Douglas and Glespin.

 The Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the Galawhistle Wind Farm.  Ventient Energy will provide a minimum £120,000 per annum over the life time of the wind farm.




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