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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Moidart Trust Awards Grant to the Isle of Skye Baking Company

17 December 2013

The Moidart Trust has awarded an Enterprise Grant to the Isle of Skye Baking Company (ISBC). This funding will create a new brand identity and develop an e-commerce site to meet increased production. 

ISBC believe that stronger brand identity and improved e-commerce site will help continued growth of the local market and also develop new markets by exporting to Europe.  Lewis based BlackHouse Creative which also received support from the Moidart Trust two years ago, is developing the new brand identity.

ISBC was established by Liza and Barry Hawthorne as a self-employed partnership in 2007. The couple brings a wide range of catering trade experience to the business and Barry is a trained pastry chef.

Several years ago IOSBC received their first grant from Moidart Trust which enabled them to purchase specialist catering equipment to produce quality goods for distribution to help them expand. This helped boost their sales, strengthen the local supply chain, and most importantly created seven part time jobs for local people.

Liza Hawthorne, a Director of IOSBC, said “The Moidart Trust has offered a huge source of inspiration and motivation to us. From early stages of development 3 years ago, to a recent funding award, we have always received positive acknowledgment and support. Our current funding application outlined our imminent requirement for redevelopment of our visual branding and development of an ecommerce website. We offered a brief to a number of design companies, but it was BlackHouse Creative (who we had met previously at an event run by The Moidart Trust), who gave us a clearly defined proposal.

To date we have been working with Richard Chyzy of BlackHouse, and he has been instrumental in developing a fantastic new visual brand identity for us. We will be launching this at the Scotland Speciality food show in January, and our new web site shall launch shortly thereafter.

We would highly recommend to any small business on the West Coast to make contact with the Moidart Trust as for the Isle of Skye Baking Company, it has been instrumental in opening the doors of entrepreneurship and business growth”.

The Moidart Trust Enterprise Grants programme provides grants for local businesses.  The aim of the programme is to enhance prosperity and promote thriving communities in North West Scotland by supporting sustainable local business and employment opportunities.  Foundation Scotland manages the fund on the behalf of the Moidart Trust. 

 

 

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