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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Windfarm cash puts the gloss on Strathpeffer’s Old Station

30 November 2018

Strathpeffer’s Old Railway Station, will be starting its 2019 season freshly repainted, thanks to a grant from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Strathpeffer Community Fund.

The Old Station is home to the Highland Museum of Childhood, a café, gift shops, gardens and a picnic area. The listed building is owned by the Museum, which attracts 6,000 visitors a year. The museum was originally based on the doll and toy collection of former Strathpeffer resident Mrs Angela Kellie, but has expanded to include children’s toys, games, costume, books, photographs and much more.

Alison Boyle, Curator and Manager of the Museum said:
“The Trustees of the Highland Museum of Childhood Trust are grateful for being awarded this grant. It will allow us to continue to preserve an important part of the heritage of Strathpeffer, not only for the local community but for the many tourists and visitors to Ross-shire and the Highlands.

“The work is part of a larger project in which we are looking to develop the station buildings and grounds and improve the visitor experience. We have already completed one section which has made a huge difference to the building’s appearance but also restored it back to the original colour. By the time the new tourist season begins in April 2019 the painting of the front of the building should be complete. This is what all our visitors see when they arrive at the station so we want to ensure we give a good first impression!”

Head of Asset Management at EDF Renewables, Nick Bradford said, “It is great to see the money from the Corriemoillie community fund being put to such good use and especially in time for visitors coming to the area next year. I would encourage other organisations in the area to apply before the next round of applications closes in March 2019.

Other awards made by the Fund Panel were:

Strathpeffer Residents Association - £1,674 awarded to fund design fees relating to drainage and groundworks in preparation for the installation of a children’s playpark.

The next round of applications to the Strathpeffer Community Fund closes on Monday 18th March 2019. For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit /programmes/strathpeffer/ or telephone the Fund Co-ordinator at Foundation Scotland, Bea Jefferson on 07554 695 152.


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