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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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Healthy Food on the Menu

18 June 2018

Mid Argyll Youth Forum will be teaching local young people between the ages of 14-25 how to cook healthily on a budget thanks to a grant from the Ventient Energy A’Chruach Community Fund.

Over a 10 week period, young people will have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and financial planning, whilst helping them build confidence.

Raymond Flanagan Mid Argyll Youth Forum said “Receiving this award from A'Chruach Community Fund is a lifeline to the membership of Mid Argyll Youth Forum especially in this the Year of Young People. The funding will allow us to run two highly sought after catering courses to help young people to cook healthily on a budget and the opportunity to meet new friends. Thanks to everyone for their support and advice throughout the application process which led to our successful bid.”

Scott Mackenzie, CEO of Ventient Energy said “We are really proud of our track record in supporting community initiatives through the A’ Chruach Community Fund. In addition to developing valuable cooking skills, this project will also have a positive impact on the eating habits of the community’s young people”. 

Other beneficiaries to benefit in this latest round included  Mid Argyll Youth Development Services;  Glassary Primary Parent Council; Lochgilphead Community Council; Mid Argyll Arts Association; Mid Argyll Agricultural Society;  and Artmap Argyll.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Communities said; “In the Year of Young People it is great to see so many projects focusing on young people benefitting in this latest round of awards.”

The fund was established to support community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative and improves the communities of West Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead.

For more information on the Fund visit at

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