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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Flood Appeal Benefits From Cash Injection

21 January 2016

Foundation Scotland’s National Flood Appeal has benefitted from a major cash boost of £75K thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery - taking the total over £250k.

The Emergency Award provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be available to help charities and organisations across all parts of Scotland affected by flooding. The Foundation will distribute funds to support local relief efforts such as support, information and care services and community organisations affected by the floods.

Grants of up to £5000 are available for organisations. The Foundation has had a number of requests from community led groups for funding and support and will ensure this significant award reaches those organisations doing critical work on the ground.

The Flood Recovery Appeal launched on 8th January with funding from a number of Foundation Scotland clients. It has seen a steady flow of donations from the general public and it is hoped that funders and businesses across Scotland will continue to donate to the Appeal.

Giles Ruck, Chief Executive of Foundation Scotland said, “We are delighted to receive this substantial boost to our Appeal taking us a quarter of a way to our £1M target. We would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support.”

“Whilst many charities and organisations are coping amazingly well with the immediate crisis, community groups such as local flood prevention groups need support now and also to build resilience for the future. This significant sum will be invaluable in achieving that. We would encourage organisations to apply for funding through our website www.foundationscotland.org.uk”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Disasters don’t just happen abroad but can happen in Great Britain as well. Hopefully, the organisations receiving grants will be able to help victims of this disaster begin to rebuild their communities. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be happy to see the money they have raised is being used to help flood-affected people right here in Scotland. ”

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