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 fund for Ballantrae

18 January 2018

Community groups and charities are set to benefit from a new Ballantrae Community Fund. The fund is now open to applications from groups or projects delivering services in the area.

The fund is provided by ScottishPower Renewables community benefit funds from its Glen App Windfarm. £38,000 is available in the first year of its operation, with approximately £55,000 available in subsequent years. Neighbouring communities Cairnryan and Kirkcolm are also set to benefit, with a similar amount to be shared between them.

The fund supports community-led charitable activities which help the rural regeneration and sustainability of the community. Priority will be given to those projects which address the community needs as identified in the Ballantrae village development plan.

Interested groups can apply for between £500 - £10,000 to cover a wide range of costs and activities including; equipment costs, running costs, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities

Kenny Peberdy, UK Onshore Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “As well as producing green electricity for Scotland, Glen App windfarm will also play an important role in the community, helping to support a range of projects that will benefit the local area for decades to come.”

The fund is being administered on behalf of Ballantrae Community Council by Foundation Scotland, a national grant-making charity with expertise in community funds.

Cara Gillespie, Community Engagement Manager, Foundation Scotland said “We are keen to receive applications from groups delivering projects which are making a real difference for residents of Ballantrae.”

The deadline for applications is 12 February with decisions due in April. For more information about the fund and details on how to apply visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/ballantrae or contact Foundation Scotland office@foundationscotland.org.uk or call 01557 814927.



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