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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Micro-grants making a big difference in communities

05 October 2020

Foundation Scotland’s experience in providing for micro-grants has been highlighted in a report published on the Communities and Renewable Energy Scotland (CARES) website.

Micro-grants – small amounts of money awarded to support small scale activities in a community - are one method of distributing community benefit funding. Under an agreement with the fund donor or fund administrator, micro-grant schemes are usually run by community councils or other representative local bodies, who receive applications from local groups and individuals and distribute the monies.

The micro-grant model evolved out of Foundation Scotland’s early community benefit work in 2005/2006 and now features in many communities who receive community benefit funding. They can help ensure that such funding reaches further into communities, supporting more than the work of constituted groups alone, and can respond quickly to emerging local needs or opportunities.

The case study defines micro-grants and their intended purpose. It outlines some of the administrative and governance arrangements commonly used to operate a micro-grant scheme and looks at some the benefits of such schemes. It then looks at lessons learned through Foundation Scotland, as an experienced and independent body that specialises in administrating and enabling community benefit funds.

CARES is a Scottish Government-funded programme of support for community bodies, businesses and other organisations on all aspects of local, renewable energy. The Foundation is providing advice on all things community benefit related through this programme.

This is the latest in a number of case studies the Foundation has provided for CARES. Others provide examples of how different community benefit funds are set up or focus in on innovative projects supported through such funds.

To read the full report click here to read online via the Local Energy Scotland website 

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