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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KINROSS-SHIRE CELEBRATES LASTING LEGACY FROM COMMUNITY FUND

12 January 2015

Since 2006, the Kinross-shire Fund managed by Foundation Scotland has been making grants to a wide range of local organisations and projects which make a positive difference to the local community. Over 50 organisations have benefited from pre-school groups through to services targeted at the elderly and projects to improve the local environment. Several other large awards have also helped with capital costs to improve community buildings and monuments.

The fund was set up with the aim of making the county a better place to live and would not have achieved this without a major injection of funds from DF Concerts and Events. Over the past 8 years, they have contributed over £385,450 demonstrating their strong commitment to the people of Kinross.

Foundation Scotland Client Services Executive Annabel Bath said, “With T in the Park about to move to a new home, Foundation Scotland felt it was time to celebrate the generosity of their charitable donations, which have boosted the size of the Kinross-shire Fund considerably. We have not publicised the significant impact this funding has had for the many communities within the 73 square miles of Kinross-shire and feel it is now time to celebrate this lasting legacy left by our clients DF Concerts and Events.”


She added, “The Kinross-shire Fund is still very much open for business, albeit with a smaller budget for grant making. Our search for other donors will begin in earnest this year”.

One of the organisations to benefit from the Fund is Take a Pride in Perthshire Association. Community development worker Zoe Clark commented on the difference the funding has made to their work, “We are indebted and grateful to the Kinross-shire Fund for the consistent support they have given our member groups. This has enabled many volunteers to work together enhancing their environment and bringing about positive change. The Fund is always very helpful and approachable with a clear understanding of the issues facing local community groups. She added, ‘Thank you Kinross-shire Fund – you have made a positive difference to Kinross-shire and to many peoples’ lives.’

Kinnesswood in Bloom has also benefited from funding. Last year, it received a grant towards an art project in Portmoak Primary School celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland. This culminated in an exhibition of the children’s work. Former teacher Norma Smith who volunteers in the school commented, “The funding we received from the Kinross-shire Fund was fantastic and helped us to buy equipment which we will be able to use again and again. The exhibition of children’s artwork was absolutely stunning and the children’s art show will become an established part of the Portmoak Festival. The children learned so much about local wildlife while doing this project and it was great to involve their parents too.”

Jamie Montgomery, Chair of the Kinross-shire Fund said, "Ever since its launch in 2006, the Kinross-shire Fund has received tremendous support from DF Concerts and Events. Their considerable financial support each year has enabled the Fund to help numerous local community groups with their projects and activities. It is no exaggeration to say that the Kinross-shire Fund would be a shadow of what it is today without DF Concerts and Events and all of us involved with the Fund owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude."

Festival Director, Geoff Ellis added, “Over the last 18 years, the people of Kinross made us feel extremely welcome and really became part of our T in the Park family. Part of our commitment to the community was to help enrich local opportunities and it was with great pleasure that we worked with Foundation Scotland and the Kinross-shire Fund to make donations to so many worthwhile causes and projects. In the future we hope to create similar opportunities for the communities surrounding our new site.”

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For further information please contact:

Jan Torrance t: 0141 341 4960/07780 564449 or email: jan@foundationscotland.org.uk

 

 

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