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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Hadyard Hill announces new secretariat

17 August 2015

The Board of Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund has appointed Foundation Scotland to administer funds it receives from the SSE Hadyard Hill wind farm for the benefit of the Barr, Dailly, Pinmore and Pinwherry communities.

Since 2006 Ailsa Horizons, a local social enterprise and charity, has provided secretariat services to the Hadyard Hill Board of Directors. But administration arrangements are now changing and Hadyard Hill will be run with support from Foundation Scotland.

Foundation Scotland is an independent grant making charity that distributes funds for community groups across Scotland. It has particular expertise in working with developers, communities and other local organisations to design and distribute community funds from wind farms.

Helena Menhinick, Hadyard Hill Chair said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Ailsa Horizons for their work over the years, and wish them well in their future projects. We are now looking forward to working with Foundation Scotland and benefitting from their extensive experience in grant making to ensure that these funds continue to achieve real impact and legacy in our communities.”

Ciara Wilson, SSE Community Fund Manager said: “SSE has worked with Foundation Scotland to deliver a number of wind farm community funds across the country. Their expertise in this field will be a great asset to the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund going forward.”

Cara Gillespie, Community Engagement Manager for South Scotland, Foundation Scotland commented, “We are looking forward to working with the Hadyard Hill Directors to ensure the fund continues to have lasting impact for the communities.”

The Fund is currently closed to new applications whilst Foundation Scotland and the Directors review Hadyard Hill’s application, assessment and reporting processes. Any changes will be announced in the local press in advance of the Fund reopening in January 2016.


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