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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Kilfinan Fund Provides match funding for local business appeal

23 January 2013


Cowal Elderly Befrienders (CEBS) is currently trying to raise £28,000 between now and the end of August to replace one of their mini buses, which is in need of constant repair.

The charity provides a range of befriending services to elderly people in Cowal. Residents, many aged over 80 live in remote locations with limited services and rely heavily on the mini-bus for essential journeys. Most elderly residents cannot access the Dial a Bus service.

The Kilfinan Fund has supported the charity for many years and has pledged to match every £1 raised with a further £2. The fund is managed by Foundation Scotland (formerly the Scottish Community Foundation).

Hearing news of the match funding Pauline Livingstone from Cowal Elderly Befrienders said, “With just six months to raise such a large amount to know that for very £1 we will get another £2 from the Kilfinan Fund is wonderful news. I hope local people will respond to our appeal, knowing that their donation will go so much further to reaching our target.”

“Grant funding for mini buses is extremely hard to come by and The Kilfinan Fund has provided a life line with this offer and we hope people will support us by visiting our website and make a donation, supporting our local fundraising activities or just popping into our office on Argyll Street”


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