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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Hike: We did it!

18 June 2014

Maidens Cleugh Lrg

A six strong-team of busy working mums from the east coast laced up their walking boots and headed the West Highland Way on 14 June to take on the Caledonian Hike and raise money for Foundation Scotland.

The team of friends, called Maiden’s Cleugh (after the Pentlands walking trail!) met at the school gates and despite juggling busy lives with work and young children, signed up to trek 24 miles in 12 hours to raise money for local charities. 

Team Leader Cate Nelson-Shaw, who runs her own business in Edinburgh, said “We wanted to do something fun and adventurous for a good cause, and thought it’s now or never! We (Maddy Millar, Katherine Stevens, Suzanne Kennedy, Jo Petty and Samantha Spece) started training in September, and battled against pretty much all of the great Scottish elements, so felt quite well prepared going into the Hike!

“We had an awesome time on the day and are delighted to have raised over £2500 for Foundation Scotland”.

Event Manager Fraser Lennox said, “We want to congratulate Cate and Maiden’s Cleugh on their remarkable achievement in conquering the Caledonian Hike and in doing so raising an incredible amount of money for Foundation Scotland! They are a perfect example of ordinary people going that extra mile, to do something special for community groups and charities across Scotland.”

The Caledonian Hike begins at Glen Nevis and finishes at Glencoe Mountain Centre, taking in majestic views of Ben Nevis and Buachaille Etive Mor along the way.

If you think you have what it takes, sign up today to take on the Caledonian Hike in 2015 (13 June)

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