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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Making Their Miles Matter.

16 June 2015

On June 13th over 700 people made their miles matter by completing the Foundation Scotland annual endurance

Walkers 3 event the Caledonian Challenge, completing either The 24 or The 54 mile walk along the West Highland Way from Gairlochy to Strathfillan.

Collectively the teams have raised £300,000 for Foundation Scotland, well on their way to reaching the £500,000 fundraising target. CALAmity climbers, a new team from CALA west, are this year’s top fundraisers, having raised an amazing £15,600. Team leader Karen Lowe said “We decided to do the Challenge as there would be a number of local charities that would benefit from the sponsorship we could raise.”

Over the weekend the teams were supported by 282 support crew members, the unsung heroes of the weekend, making sure the teams had dry clothes, tending to blisters, cooking up some tasty treats and providing them with moral support to help them on their way.

The weekend would not be possible without the volunteers who did an incredible job guiding and cheering on the walkers.
The walkers consumed 3500 Tunnock wafers, 1500 Nairn cookies, 1500 shortbread house biscuits, 200 Walters Shortbread biscuits and 9000 litres of water.

Fraser Lennox said “A huge congratulations to everyone who participated in this weekend’s event, made even more challenging by the wet and cold conditions. Not only have you participated in the event but you have helped raise £300,000 which we at Foundation Scotland are very grateful.”

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