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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Parish of Stow in Bloom

30 May 2017

Local residents and visitors to Stow will be met with a colourful floral display due to a recent award from the EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER)  Longpark Community Fund.

The Stow floral display project was started last year by the Community Council to brighten up the village.  Initial feedback has been so positive that the Community Council agreed to expand the project. The recent award of £1,970, will enable the Parish of Stow Community Council to purchase new planters, to enhance and extend existing displays, benefiting the whole village.

Jack McKenzie Parish of Stow Community Council said, “We had such a positive response to the floral displays last year, we agreed to install more planters, ensuring the whole village can enjoy the colourful blooms.  We hope that the addition of two new planters in the train station will make the village more welcoming and encourage more visitors. “

Nick Bradford, Head of Asset Management at EDF ER added; “We are pleased the fund associated with the Longpark wind farm is being put to such good use and hope the people of Stow will enjoy these new displays.”

The Longpark Community Fund is provided by EDF Energy Renewables who own Longpark wind farm and it distributes approximately £45,000 (index linked) each year to benefit the Parish of Stow.  The fund is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent grant-making charity, with decisions being made by the Panel which is made up of members from the local community.

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For further information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4963 

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