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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Lairg residents encouraged to vote for representatives

25 May 2016

Lairg residents will have the opportunity next Wednesday (1 June 2016) to elect two community representatives onto the SSE and E.ON Community Funds Panel following a recent open nomination period to replace two outgoing Panel members.

All residents of the Lairg Community Council area aged 18 and over are eligible to vote. Votes can be cast by attending a drop-in election on Wednesday 1 June 2016 from 2.45pm to 7.30pm at the Shin Suite in the Lairg Community Centre. Residents should bring ID with them showing their age and address.

There are two Lairg community representative vacancies on the Panel and four nominations have been received. Residents can vote for up to two people they wish to represent Lairg on the Panel which makes decisions on awards from the SSE Achany Community Fund and the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund.

The nominees are:
John Foley; Alasdair Marshall; Anne Morrison; and David Ross all residents of the Lairg Community Council area.

Carol Elliot, Foundation Scotland’s local contact for the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund said, “We have organised the election opening times to ensure as many people as possible are able to come along and vote. This allows parents picking up kids from school to drop-in; to catch folk on their way home from work; or to encourage those going to the Community Council meeting that evening to drop-in on their away. The names of the two successful candidates will be announced at the Lairg Community Council meeting and AGM being held at 7.30pm that same night.”

Nominations had also been invited for one vacancy in both the Creich Community Council area and the Ardgay & District Community Council area. As only one nomination was received for each of these vacancies both these nominees are elected unopposed. The new Creich community representative will be Lorraine Askew and the new Ardgay representative will be David Hannah. All new representatives will take up their places on the Panel from September.

The four new Panel members will work alongside existing community representatives. In total, there are four Panel members from each of the three Community Council areas serving on the decision making Panel, two are community representatives (serving a maximum of three years) and two are Community Councillors. The Panel of 12 meets approximately four times a year.


More information on the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund and how to apply can be found at: www.foundationscotland.org.uk/rosehall.

More information on the SSE Achany Community Fund and how to apply can be found at:
http://sse.com/beingresponsible/responsiblecommunitymember/localcommunityfunds/achany


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