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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.

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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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Kinegar (Cockburnspath & Cove) awards first grant

03 June 2020


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Cockburnspath & Cove Community Council are forging ahead with a Community Action Plan with the support of the first ever grant awarded from the Kinegar Wind Farm Community Fund.

An experienced local development worker will be recruited to work closely alongside local residents and groups, to help create a truly inclusive Community Action Plan which reflects the whole community’s needs and aspirations.  The process will harness the ‘Planning for Real’ model, a nationally recognised community planning approach based on 3D modelling.  This will help residents consider the full range of local issues, work together to identify priorities, and create an action plan for change.  As Cockburnspath & Cove communities have access to several community benefit funds from local Windfarms, the new Plan will also help them shape how those funds are best used. 

Pauline Hood, Chair of Cockburnspath & Cove Community Council, highlighted the importance of the grant: “This comes at a crucial time for Cockburnspath and Cove.  It will give everyone in the community a chance to say what they feel is important to them and how they feel we can improve our community life.  This is a great opportunity to shape our community's future together.” 

The Community Fund is linked to the Kinegar Wind Farm, owned by Foresight. Contributions to the Fund are shared equally between Foresight and Neuk Farm Landlords, Arnot and Steven Findlay. The Fund in Kinegar provides a minimum of £22,000 per year (rising in line with inflation) over the operating life of the wind farm, which is expected to be 25 years, to promote community activity and enhance quality of life for local residents. 

Richard Thompson, Partner at Foresight, said “It is great to see the Community Fund supporting the local community to make exciting plans for the future.  We know that the Community Council and local groups work incredibly hard and we’re delighted that funds from Kinegar Windfarm can help make a lasting difference in Cockburnspath and Cove.”

The Community Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland, an independent Scotland wide charity, on behalf of Foresight group.  The Foundation works with the Community Council, who decide how funds should be allocated.

Grant applications can be made at any time, and will be reviewed at regular meetings of the Community Council.  For more information visit Kinegar's Fund website.   

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