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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New Education and Training Fund for Thornton

09 August 2017

Residents living in Thornton have an exciting opportunity to receive some financial support to help with attending vocational education and training opportunities at local training facilities. A new Education & Training Fund has been developed by Middle Balbeggie Wind Farm Ltd and Foundation Scotland.

There are a wealth of courses running locally by Fife College and other education and training providers, but travel, childcare and equipment costs can be a real challenge for many. In some instances fees may not be covered. The grants from the new Middle Balbeggie Education and Training Fund can be used to help with fees, ensure people can get to and from college, as well as help towards study aids and childcare.

The Fund operates on a rolling basis and provides grants of up to £500, with £12,000 available to distribute in its first year.

In the longer term it is hoped that this initiative will ensure that more people from Thornton will be able to develop their skills and secure job opportunities.

Thomas Finlay, Asset Manager from Middle Balbeggie Wind Farm Ltd said, ”We are excited to be supporting this new Education and Training Fund from the Middle Balbeggie Wind Farm. It is a great opportunity to invest in the local community. Improving skills will enhance future opportunities for residents whatever their age. We’d really encourage people who are considering a course to apply for a grant.”

For further information about how to apply visit /programmes/middlebalbeggie

 

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