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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Launch of Ground Breaking Community Trust

27 June 2014

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Old Luce Community Trust was launched on June 23rd at Glen Luce Hall. This ground-breaking Trust will distribute 5 ‘live’ community benefit funds from four developers – GDF SUEZ ( Barlockhart Moor wind farm), Carscreugh Renewable Energy (John Laing), AES North Rhins and SSE channelling their funds through the Trust, which will be managed by Foundation Scotland.

The initial value of the fund is £50,000 but is set to rise to over £60,000 with the agreement from Dumfries and Galloway Council that the Old Luce share of two SSE funds (Artfield Fell and Balmurrie Fell) currently administered by them will come through the Trust from next year. With an additional three funds in the pipeline from consented sites, the community is hopeful that these developers will channel their funds through the Trust as well.

Old Luce Community Council commissioned Foundation Scotland to set up the Trust due to the pressure on volunteer community representatives to manage an increasing workload. The community council were keen to engage professional help with administering the money and create a new local structure for decision-making as Community Council meetings were not an ideal forum.

Fred Murray, Chair of Old Luce Community Council explained, “The Community Council has been managing community benefit funds for a few years now, but by next year will be working with at least eight separate funds, which is a fantastic opportunity for the area but also a challenge in terms of the workload on volunteer community representatives. We felt our current system was creaking at the seams and it was time to get some paid professional expertise to set up a local structure. This would allow us to put all of the community benefits funds under one roof. It will also give local groups seeking funds one point of contact and a single grant-making process for applications, assessments, awards and monitoring.”

Over the next year, the Trustees and Community Council intend to undertake a community consultation to determine the needs and aspirations of people in the area and identify opportunities for commissioning new projects and services where they are needed.

On the night, Drew Sloan, Acting Chair, Old Luce Community Trust thanked the developers for agreeing to their funds being distributed through the Trust. He said, “Without their commitment none of this would have been possible. I am very excited about the potential this fund offers our communities and delighted to announce that the Old Luce’s share of Balmurrie & Artfield Fell funds will also come under the umbrella of the Trust thanks to SSE and Dumfries and Galloway Council. “

“We have a duty to ensure a legacy for our community so that future generations will be able to continue to benefit from this investment. This is a great window of opportunity to make a really big difference for the long-term.”

Steve Salt, Planning & Public Affairs Director, West Coast Energy Ltd ( who are now part of the GDF SUEZ group) added, “ We are very pleased that the community funds arising from the generation of locally produced renewable energy at Barlockhart Moor wind farm are going to be administered by Foundation Scotland for the benefit of the local community. Foundation Scotland has a great track record in helping communities to make wise investment decisions and GDF SUEZ and West Coast Energy look forward to working with the Trustees and Foundation Scotland to ensure that the fund provides maximum long lasting environmental, social and economic benefit to the locality.”

Cara Gillespie, Foundation Scotland’s Community Investment Executive said, “What we have achieved with the local community is quite ground-breaking and we are encouraged by the foresight and commitment of the local community and developers to make this happen. The creation of this single Trust for Old Luce will enable the community to be strategic and we welcome the news they are to undertake a community consultation to ensure future investment has lasting impact for the residents of Glenluce, Dunragit and Auchenmalg.”

The fund is now open for applications with a closing date of 25th August. For more information on the Trust and to downloaded an application form from our website.

 

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