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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Langhope Rig Community Fund re-opens!

31 October 2016

Community groups running projects and services within the community council areas of Ettrick & Yarrow, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk & Midlem and Borthwick Water & Upper Teviotdale can at last apply for grants again from the Langhope Rig Community Fund.

The Fund has been closed since the last grants were awarded in May 2015. Ownership of the project has changed to EFS Anemoi UK Ltd and Foundation Scotland has been appointed to administer it. Because of the delays in opening the Fund, two years’ worth of funds are now available for distribution, totalling just over £83,000.

A spokesperson for EFS Anemoi said,”We are delighted that the Fund can open again so local community groups and charities can apply for grants. The Fund exists to provide much needed financial help to local good causes and we are very keen to see funds helping projects succeed. So we would encourage groups to apply in time for the deadline of 13th January 2017.”

Gordon Harrison, Chair of Ettrick and Yarrow Council, one of the areas that benefits from the fund said, 'We are delighted that Foundation Scotland have re-opened the Langhope Rig Community Benefit Fund and very pleased to see that over £80,000 will be available this year for projects that will help our communities. The Fund has already assisted several projects which have improved the lives of people living in our area. We are confident community groups will be able to come up with many creative ideas that will further benefit our communities.'

For further information about how to apply go to /programmes/langhope-rig/

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For further information please contact: Jacqui Morris t: 0141 341 4963 or email: jacqui@foundationscotland.org.uk



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