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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MORAY COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF NEW FUND

01 July 2020

This week sees the launch of the Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, offering those who live and work in Dufftown, Auchindoun, Glenrinnes, Glenlivet, Inveravon and Cabrach an opportunity to shape the future of their local communities.

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The new fund opened to applications on Wednesday 1st July, with grants available up to £30,000 provided by EDF Renewables, the majority owner of Dorenell Windfarm Limited. The new fund will be administered by Foundation Scotland, an independent grant making charity, who are urging the local communities to get involved and apply before the first submission deadline on Monday 31st August. 

The Foundation’s Fund Co-ordinator Marion McDonald said: “This fund provides the communities a chance to make a real long-lasting impact; this is about investing in their future as well as making a difference today. We want to reach every corner of these communities to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get involved.”

Original plans to have an event to celebrate the launch have been put on hold due to the coronavirus, however there is an opportunity for interested parties to attend a virtual drop-in session to find out more. Hosted by Fund Co-ordinator Marion, anyone can book an informal one-to-one phone or video call and ask questions they may have about applying for funds.  These sessions are available on Wednesday 8th and Monday 13th July and appointments can be booked via the Dorenell page on the Foundation Scotland website (www.bit.ly/DorenellCommunityFund)

Decisions on how the funding is allocated will be made by a fund panel of 12 local representatives. This includes two representatives from each of the four local community associations (Cabrach Community Association, Dufftown and District Community Association, Glenlivet and Inveravon Community Association and Glenrinnes Community Centre) plus another person from each of those four areas, appointed through an open recruitment process.

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The panel are keen to see projects and activities that are charitable in nature, community led and will benefit local residents. They will also be looking for applications that meet the themes highlighted in the Dorenell Community Development Plan, such as environment, heritage, recreation, tourism, housing and transport.

EDF Renewables donated around £447,000 to the Fund in its first year. In addition, a further special projects fund of over £1,000,000 will be provided by EDF Renewables during the first 5 years of the wind farm’s operation. This will be invested into an endowment fund so that the legacy of the Dorenell Wind Farm benefit will be available to the communities beyond the life of the wind farm.

Tricia Lawson from Glenlivet & Inveravon Community Association said: “Our Association is delighted that the Dorenell Community Benefit Fund will bring exciting opportunities for projects, small and large, which will enable members of all age groups within our communities to help support a viable future and create an enduring legacy.”

EDF Renewables, Director of Asset Operations, Piero Maggio said: “We are pleased that local communities can now start benefitting from the fund, with such a variety of organisations and projects being able to apply for funding the benefits to communities will be far reaching.”

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