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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Rosehall Funding steps up to serve community

02 July 2018

Residents in the Rosehall area will be able to step safely up to their village hall thanks to an award from the latest round of the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund.   The Rosehall Village Hall Committee has been awarded £7,011 to replace the stairs leading up to the hall.  The work is part of a programme of improvements to this vital community facility. 

Peter Orrell, Secretary for the hall committee said “The stairs were become a hazard and required urgent repair.  To ensure public safety we had to close the top flight, which meant people had to use the long disabled access ramp to access to the building, so this award is most welcome and will certainly improve things”.

The award was one of four awards made recently by the local Panel which makes decisions on how the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund is spent.  In total almost £35,000 was awarded during the most recent funding round.

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust was awarded £15,920 to employ an office manager; The Lairg and District Community Initiative was awarded £6,300 to commission a bespoke community housing strategy; and the Lairg Community Association was awarded £5,200 towards employing a part time administrator.

Nick Taylor, who works in E.ON’s renewable business, said: “The village hall is a real hub for the community, so ease of access is vital. We’re delighted that through our Rosehall Wind Farm we’re able to support this necessary improvement work, as well as providing funds to the other three projects to have benefitted at this time.

“This is about local people deciding how they feel the fund should be used best to benefit the whole community, and we’re grateful to Foundation Scotland for managing the fund on behalf of E.ON and Rosehall wind farm, and to the volunteers who determine which projects to support.”  

Foundation Scotland administers the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund on behalf of E.ON. More information on the Fund and other awards made can be found at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/rosehall or visit the Fund Facebook page

The next deadline for applications is 31 Oct 2018 with decisions being made in January 2019.

 

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