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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Local Children Benefit from Windfarm Cash!

27 September 2018

No Limits Caithness and Watten School Parent Council are celebrating as they both secure funding from the Watten Windfarm Charitable Trust.

Watten School Parent Council received £7500 over a three year period to help with transportation costs for extracurricular activities. With only a school roll of 51, fundraising can be difficult and travelling to locations such as Dunnet Forest, would place a significant financial burden on parents, thus making such trips prohibitive.  The award will ensure that trips can continue and pupils can go on trips which support their learning.

Watten School Parent Council Secretary said “The grant will have a long term impact, as the children will have memories of places they have been, thanks to the buses being funded and also taking part in the science festival, swimming, music festival etc.”

Eilidh Gunn, Foundation Scotland’s local representative said “It’s great to see groups making multiyear application to the Fund, it means their project is guaranteed for the next three years and they can still apply for other projects.”

No Limits Caithness received £1680 to subsidise a local’s child’s attendance at the service.  The grant will provide the support the child and to ensure their full inclusion in the service.

Watten Charitable Windfarm Trust is a partnership between Watten Community Council and Foundation Scotland, it allows funds from different companies or donors, pledged for the benefit of the Watten community, to effectively be pooled together and managed as one.

Currently, the Trust manages funds from Whirlwind’s Wathergar Wind Farm and RWE Innogy UK’s Bilbster Wind Farm.

To find out more about the Fund or to apply visit Foundation Scotland’s website at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/watten. 

For more information contact Eilidh Gunn by email eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk or telephone Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office on 0131 524 0300.

 

 

 

 

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