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 accessible path thanks to Burnhead Community Fund

25 April 2017

The EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) Burnhead Community Fund has awarded £12,000 to Blackridge Community Council. The money will be used to upgrade an existing path, creating a circular route and opening up a popular area for everyone to enjoy.

The original path, on the north side of the village, allows people to walk from the village to the Blawhorn Moss Nature Reserve. However, the path is very boggy underfoot making it inaccessible to pram and wheelchair users. The grant will enable the whole path area to be adequately drained and improve the surface quality making it more accessible.

A representative from the Panel commented: “We are delighted to support this much needed project that will open up a special part of Blackridge and join two existing paths that have not been properly linked. We really hope people make good use of it and use the new pathway to see some of the special, great scenery on our doorstep and get immersed in the all the Moss has to offer. We anticipate the work will be done in the next few months.”

Clark Steele, from Blackridge Community Council added, “Thanks to the Blackridge Fund and Foundation Scotland, we will be able to update the millennium path network, this will be a great way to encourage local people to get out and walk more.”

Nick Bradford, Head of Asset Management at EDF ER said, “It is great to see the money from the Burnhead wind farm paying for things which will really benefit the local community. I hope everyone is able to enjoy the new improved path.”

 

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