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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Innogy Lochelbank Community Fund seeds prize winner

01 October 2019

Innogy Lochelbank Community Fund grantee ‘Brig in Bloom’ has taken the October 2019 Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) UK-wide “Britain in Bloom” competition by storm, receiving a Gold medal, winning the Large Village Category and winning a discretionary award for Involving Children and Young People.

Grants from Innogy Lochelbank Community Fund to ‘Brig in Bloom’ have played a key role in boosting community involvement and transforming the appearance of Bridge of Earn through floral displays, involving young people in the Groups’ activities, and transforming the local Brickhall Community Garden. 

Brig in Bloom, based in Bridge of Earn, is solely led by volunteers and has gardening and the village’s agricultural heritage at its heart.  The group’s main aims are to involve the community (particularly young children) with gardening projects, environmental responsibilities associated with these projects, and organising and maintaining the many horticultural displays in Bridge of Earn village. 

Since 2012 the Innogy Renewables UK Lochelbank Community Fund has supported the group to purchase tools and planters, develop its children’s gardening scheme (Little Blooms), and more recently provided match funding for drystane walls and paths in their Brickhill Community Garden. 

In 2018, Brig in Bloom won Gold Awards in Take a Pride in Perth & Kinross and Beautiful Scotland as well as being winners in the large village category, but this year’s awards mark a step up in recognition, as Avril Fulton, Brig in Bloom’s Vice Chair, explains :

“We were absolutely thrilled to receive these awards – it was a very proud moment for our team.  These awards could not have been achieved without the support of our generous funders, particularly the Innogy Renewables UK Lochelbank Community Fund (LCF).  They have given the group a tremendous boost over the last 7 – 8 years.  We feel that LCF was instrumental in the development of the children’s garden project, Little Blooms.  They provided the funding for raised beds, a gardening shed, children’s tools (including tools for Dunbarney Primary School), grass cutting machinery as well as six-tiered planters.  The traditional drystane wall at the Brickhall Community Garden was funded more recently by LCF and received specific praise from the two Britain in Bloom judges – this also greatly assisted in us achieving Gold standard.”

Malcolm Jack, Foundation Scotland’s Community Funds Manager for the Central Region, passed on Foundation Scotland’s congratulations:  “A huge well done to Brig in Bloom and its volunteers!  Their awards demonstrate the power of working in partnership to support communities as they drive their own development.  Foundation Scotland is particularly pleased to see Brig in Bloom’s work with young people being recognised, as this is where grants from the Innogy Lochelbank Community Fund have been pivotal.”

The Lochelbank Community Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland, an independent Scotland wide charity, on behalf of innogy Renewables UK.  The Foundation works with a Panel of local residents, who decide how funds should be allocated.

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