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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Education and training awards milestone

18 December 2020

As the year draws to an end Foundation Scotland has squeezed in one more funding milestone as we celebrate the 500th grant awarded from community education and training funds, worth almost £600,000.  The funds are provided by some of Scotland's onshore wind farms, which are then managed by us in partnership with local communities. 

Growing numbers of Scottish communities are setting up Education & Training Funds, harnessing community benefit monies from nearby wind farms to help local people benefit from training courses and further education.  Helping people develop new skills, start jobs or secure a promotion has benefitted local residents and local economies.  In a world where jobs, re-training and skills are increasingly vital, education and training funds are proving to be a powerful resource for unlocking the talents of local residents.

The first community-led Education & Training Fund was established in 2016 with EDF Renewables.  Foundation Scotland is now supporting a further six, with that number expected to more than double over the next two years.  These funds offer straight forward access to bursaries for individual residents, or help pay for additional training courses and employability advice. 

The impacts are wide-ranging, and the success of the funds become more evident. The EDF Burnhead Moss Education & Training (BMET) Fund provided a bursary enabling local man Keiron to complete creative writing courses with Strathclyde University’s Lifelong Learning Centre – he is now a published writer. The same fund supported Lorraine, who is now on track to become a teacher.

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And Blackridge social enterprise ‘Beechbrae’ (image above) can now offer an increased range of outdoor learning courses and environmental activities in West Lothian thanks to support for qualifications in Supervisory Mental Health First Aid and Forest Bathing.

The EDF Corriemoillie Education & Training Fund helped Lochbroom resident Lorraine carry out Masters research in remote parts of the Scottish Highlands, generating useful findings about how best to deliver education & training in remote locations.  To read more about these success stories visit our case studies section.

Alongside EDF Renewables, wind farm owners Gresham House/FIM Services, Greencoat, RWE (formerly Innogy) and Arevon are also supporting Education & Training Funds in areas as diverse as the Highlands, Fife, Falkirk and West Lothian.

Malcolm Jack, Community Fund Manager at Foundation Scotland, highlights the importance of local people’s involvement in developing Education & Training Funds:

” Education & Training Funds are a great way of channelling community benefit funds into the heart of communities, especially if there are relatively few community groups or projects in the area.  Local people know whether an Education & Training Fund is needed in their community and have vital insights on how it should work.  We help establish and work closely with panels of local residents to make these funds a success.” 

 

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