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 residents wanted to help advise and support new community fund

07 February 2013

 

Local residents wanted to help advise and support new community fund

Residents living in Donside Community Council areas of Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie, are being recruited to be part of a new local community panel to decide on how a new community fund should be distributed. The fund will be provided by RENERCO Renewable Energy Concepts AG, the company developing the Kildrummy Wind Farm. The Kildrummy, Lumsden and Towie Community Fund will provide a minimum of £20,000 per year into these communities.

Nominations are invited from residents, who are interested to represent the community on the Fund’s Community Panel when funds become available for community projects later this year.

Foundation Scotland, formerly the Scottish Community Foundation (SCF) has been appointed by the wind farm operator, RENERCO, to manage the community fund. The Foundation will draw on its grant-making and community development expertise to support the Panel who decide how funds should be allocated.

Representatives of Donside Community Council have been working with Foundation Scotland to establish the fund and recruiting the Panel is a critical next step. The Community Action Plan which is being developed by community representatives and facilitated by Marr Area Partnership, will help to inform how these funds could be used.

The eight member panel will consist of two representatives from each of the three communities, plus two Donside Community Council representatives from other parts of the wider Donside Community Council area. Interested individuals can download a nomination form at www.foundationscotland.org.uk Nominations should be supported and signed by two other community members who are not related to the nominee.

The nomination period for the 6 places available to residents runs from 5th - 25th February.

Completed nomination forms should be returned by post to Foundation Scotland by 25th February. Community members attending the Community Action Plan meeting on 26th February (7pm, Lumsden Hall) will have the chance to hear briefly from each nominee and vote on their preferred candidate if more than two nominations are received from any of the areas. Everyone on the electoral role for the Donside Community Council area is eligible to vote.

For further information or questions please contact Rachel Searle-Mbullu at Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4961 or via rachel@foundationscotland.org.uk.

 

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