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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Latest Awards from the Earlsburn Community Fund

01 July 2013

The Denny and Dunipace Citizens Advice Bureau is one of five local community groups and charities in the Cambusbarron, Carron Valley and Denny and District areas that is set to benefit from the latest round of awards announced by the Earlsburn Community Fund panel.

The fund is provided by wind farm developers Falck Renewables Wind, through their subsidiary Earlsburn Wind Energy Limited. Foundation Scotland was appointed by Falck Renewables Wind to manage and administer the community fund. The Foundation work with an advisory panel made up of representatives from Cambusbarron, Carron Valley and Denny and District to help them decide how funds should be allocated. The agreements between each community council and Foundation Scotland have been refreshed in recent months and, as a result, there will be three rounds of awards a year rather than two.

The Denny and Dunipace Citizens Advice Bureau (DDCAB) is an established and active support organisation for individuals living in the local area. The DDCAB offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects. People can access the services offered by DDCAB through an open door service, appointments service, outreach clinics and home visits. There is no cost to the individual for the services provided.

This grant will help the DDCAB deal with an increase in demand for financial and specialist support brought about as a result of recent welfare changes and the current economic climate.

Margaret Gray, Office Manager at DDCAB was delighted to receive her grant award letter.

She said: “This funding is important as it will enable the Bureau to continue to provide a much needed service to local people who are in need of support to resolve money related issues.”

Other beneficiaries include the Denny and District Community Green Initiative who will receive funding to allow them to continue to print their publication for summer 2013 through spring 2014. The Denny & Dunipace Heritage Society will receive funding assistance to contribute towards the costs of organising a Gala Day to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Carron Valley & District Community Council will receive funds to help design, produce and distribute a newsletter four times in 2013 to all businesses and households in the area. Cambusbarron Community Council will also receive funds to replace five timber lamp posts that fell into disrepair approximately five years ago.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu FS Head of Community Programmes said, “It’s great to see such a diverse range of projects benefiting from the Earlsburn fund. Over the last five years, we have worked with the advisory panel to ensure that the funds are distributed to those groups where it will make a difference to the community.”

Foundation Scotland is calling for further applications for the next round before it closes on the 13th of September.

Further information on the Earlsburn fund can be found here


Jacqui Morris, Communications Executive at Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4963

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