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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Nith Valley Leaf Trust Break New Ground

28 November 2013

Nith Valley Leaf Trust are leading the way in a new housing initiative offering affordable rented accommodation to local people in the rural village of Closeburn.

The Trust was awarded £35,000 from the Scottish Hydro Clyde Community Benefit Fund earlier this year, towards the purchase of a new-build three bedroomed house in Closeburn, Dumfries and Galloway. The house will be let on a short-term lease to maintain flexibility and the monthly rent will be pitched at an affordable rate.

Currently people are often relocated to available housing in other areas, thereby losing links with their home community. Nith Valley Leaf Trust will be able to allocate their house to families with a local connection, thereby enabling community links to be maintained.

The Trust estimate that 30 local families could benefit from this social housing project over the 90 year life of the house. Longer tem, this initiative could have a significant impact on the community, as it will allow more young people to live and work in the local areas.

Mike Steele, a Director of Nith Valley Leaf Trust, said “At the moment there is a real lack of affordable homes for local people who wish to stay locally. This project will enable us to retain the next generation in our small rural community. If it works well, we hope to extend the project by buying more homes for affordable rent in the future”

Foundation Scotland manages the fund on SSE’s behalf. The Foundation’s role is to work with communities, administering grant rounds, assessing applications and supporting the local Panel in its decision making role. Using its grant making expertise, the Foundation helps communities grant awards, with emphasis on making a lasting impact.

Cara Gillespie Foundation Scotland Community Engagement Executive said; “This project showcases the long term impact that community benefit funds can have on a small community such as Closeburn. The fund is allowing the Nigh Valley Leaf Trust to develop a solution to the lack of affordable housing for the local community and hopefully allow more young people to stay in the local area, creating a more sustainable community.”

The operating life of the wind farm is expected to be 25 years with an annual fund value of £139,840. Over the wind farm’s lifespan at least £3.5 million will be invested in the area.

Nith Valley Leaf Trust is currently asking for expressions of interest from people with local connections wishing to rent the house, which will be available in early 2014. For more information about letting the property contact 07739183250


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