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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Local residents wanted to represent communities on decision making panel

05 May 2017

As part of a rolling programme of replacing community representatives serving on the SSE and E.ON Community Funds Panel, two vacancies have arisen for local people to serve on this locally elected Panel making decisions about awards from the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund and the SSE Achany Community Fund. One community representative is sought from each of the Creich and Ardgay & District Community Council areas.

This is an opportunity to help ensure the Funds continues to be spent on projects that provide a real benefit to local communities. The nomination period opens today (Friday 5 May 2017) and closes in three weeks’ time.

The two new Panel members will work alongside existing community representatives. In total, there are four Panel members from each of the three Community Council areas serving on the decision making Panel, two are community representatives (serving a maximum of three years) and two are Community Councillors. The Panel of 12 meets approximately four times a year.

To find out more about what’s involved in being a Panel member you can download a Panel member role profile and a nomination form from the website. Nominees can put themselves forward, must be 18 or over and resident in the local community council area they wish to represent.

Alternatively you can collect a nomination form specific to your community council area locally from the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust office in Bonar Bridge.

Nomination forms must be completed and returned to Foundation Scotland by 2pm on Friday 26 May 2017.

In the event of more nominations being received than there are vacancies in each area a drop-in election will be held and advertised locally shortly after the closing date. Everyone 18 and over and resident in that community council area is eligible to vote.

For more information contact Carol Elliot by email or telephone Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office on 0131 524 0300.


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