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 represent Glenfarg area on decision making Panel

14 August 2015

Two vacancies have arisen for people living in the Glenfarg area to serve on RWE Innogy Lochelbank Community Fund Panel. This locally appointed panel makes decisions about awards from the Fund, which exists to benefit the Glenfarg and Earn community council areas.

This is an opportunity to help ensure the Fund continues to be spent on projects that provide real benefit to those communities.

The Panel meets three times a year to advise the fund administrator, Foundation Scotland, on grants awards from the fund.Foundation Scotland was appointed by the wind farm operator, RWE Innogy, to administer the Community Fund in 2011. The Foundation works with communities local to the wind farm site to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant-making expertise to ensure positive long lasting impact .

In total, the Panel comprises three members from each of the two Community Council areas; two are community representatives (serving between 1 and 3 years) and one is a Community Councillor. The two panel members being sought will work alongside the existing three representatives for the Earn area as well as the Glenfarg Community Council representative.

You can find out more about what’s involved in being a panel member by downloading a role profile.
To put yourself forward for this role, please download a nomination form from the Foundation Scotland website  or at www.glenfarg.org. Alternatively you can pick one up from Glenfarg village shop.

Nominees must be 18 or over and on the electoral role for Glenfarg Community Council area. In the event of more nominations being received than there are vacancies available, selection will be by interview.

Nomination forms must be completed and returned to Foundation Scotland by 2pm on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

For more information contact Tom Black by email tom@foundationscotland.org.uk or telephone Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office on 0131 524 0300.

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