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 team take on Challenge of a lifetime!

18 June 2014

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A team of walkers from the West Coast conquered the Caledonian Challenge on 14/15 June taking on 54 miles in 24 hours to raise money for Foundation Scotland.

Jackie Robertson of Knoydart House and her team, the ‘Knoydart Challengers’ (Kirsten Harris, Drew Harris, and Andy Kent) crossed the Finish Line at Strathfillan in 23 hours and 22 minutes having raised an incredible £3156.

Team Leader Jackie said, “We’re a bunch of forty-somethings who wanted to put our limits to the test, and thought ‘it’s now or never!"

“We enjoyed some amazing training walks before the event which included scaling the incredible Knoydart Munros and indulged in some serious compeed, jelly babies and flapjacks along the way!

“We’re so appreciative for all the generous support we have received from family and friends. Knowing that all the money we’ve raised will help support local charities was a real incentive, and helped spur us on those last few miles!”

Head of Events, Fraser Lennox said, “We were delighted to welcome a local team from Knoydart onto the Caledonian Challenge this year. We would like to congratulate Jacqui, Kirsten, Drew and Andy on their incredible achievement not only in conquering a staggering physical and mental challenge, but in doing so raising a fantastic sum of money which will help support community groups and charities throughout Scotland."

The trail begins at Gairlochy, north of Fort William, and finishes at Strathfillan, South of Tyndrum, taking in majestic views of Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Buachaille Etive Mor along the way.

Feeling inspired? Sign up for 2015 (June 13/14) is now open. For more information visit http://www.caledonianchallenge.com/sign-up.html

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