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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Islay and Jura Big Idea!

21 July 2016


Thanks to everyone who participated in the BIG IDEA.! 361 people voted for one, two or three of the projects that made it through to Stage 2. The Panel has now allocated the £45,000 available as follows, informed by the public vote and the independent assessments that were carried out on each of the projects.

Mactaggart Cyber Café

(205 votes)


To establish mobile soft play provision for Islay & Jura's younger children.

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle

(168 votes)


To contribute to creating a heritage hub on Islay that will gathering, displaying & celebrating the island's heritage resources

Jura Development Trust

(159 votes)


Developing Jura’s Corran path and surrounds so the space is accessible for everyone to use and enjoy

The Panel has also agreed to support the two other projects that were in the running for Stage 2:

Mactaggart Cyber Café

(174 votes)


Providing “Boogie Bounce" trampoline fitness classes across Islay and Jura.

Jura Development Trust

(149 votes)


Reinstate the Betti Bus one evening per week between Craighouse and Bowmore

Although the Boogie Bounce project actually came in second on the public vote the Panel were of the view that it was less strategic and its potential for leaving an enduring legacy was uncertain. However it was clearly popular – hence the decision to support it. Similarly although the BETTI Bus project came fifth in the public vote a significant amount of people from both Islay and Jura supported this project that will increase opportunities for a range of individuals and groups on both Islay and Jura to access different facilities and opportunities.





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