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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Local Residents Wanted!!

08 August 2017

Local residents served by the Community Council areas of Douglas and Coalburn are been recruited to serve on the Infinis Galawhistle Community Fund Panel. This locally appointed panel will makes decisions about awards and investments from the Fund.

This is an opportunity to help ensure the Fund continues to be spent on projects that provide real benefit to those communities.

You don’t need any special skills or experience, just a commitment to securing the best future for your community. Applications are particularly welcome from parents of children under 16 and younger adults.

This is a voluntary role, with the Panel meeting locally two or three times per year.

The Infinis Galawhistle Community Fund is a charitable fund provided for the benefit of the communities of Douglas (incorporating Glespin and surrounding areas) and Coalburn.

The Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland, a national charity with expertise in community-led grant-making.   Full training will be provided. Further information about the Fund, can be found at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/galawhistle

To find out more about the Panel or note your interest, contact Katie Nairn, Foundation Scotland on katie@foundationscotland.org.uk or  (m) 07557 480 062 by Wednesday 23 August.

 

 

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