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 Water History and Heritage Association celebrates award

29 June 2017

Gala Water History and Heritage Society is celebrating after receiving an award from the EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) Longpark Community Fund to extend the Community Archivist post for a further year.

The Community Archivist post was established following a grant from the fund in 2015 to support the post and create an archive of local history materials for the interest, education and enjoyment of both residents and visitors to the area. The post has been a great success, with new items still being donated, meriting the extension of the post for a further year

The award of £ 12,627 will ensure the post continues until October 2018.

Wendy Ball, Chair of Gala Water History and Heritage Association said, “Heritage is what you value from the past to hand on to the future. We in Gala Water History and Heritage Association are fortunate enough to have received funding from EDF Energy Renewables Longpark Windfarm Community Benefit Fund to keep our Community Archivist in post for a further year. With a qualified person to help us research and archive the community's heritage, we are able to build a valuable sustainable resource for the present and for future generations. Most importantly, the Community Archivist can give us the tools to share this heritage with local residents and the wider world so increasing our individual and community sense of worth.”
Nick Bradford, Head of Asset Management at EDF Energy Renewables said: “We are delighted to extend this post which has already made great progress within the Gala Water History and Heritage Association. This is the kind of valuable work we designed the community benefit fund for.”

The Longpark Community Fund is provided by EDF Energy Renewables who own Longpark wind farm and it distributes approximately £45,000 (index linked) each year to benefit the Parish of Stow. The fund is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent grant-making charity, with decisions on awards being made by the Panel which is made up of members from the local community.

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