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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Science Festival comes to Biggar

28 June 2017

An exciting new Science Festival is due to take place in Biggar over two days in September 2017, thanks to support from the Infinis Glenkerie Community Fund.

The festival, which is open to all age groups, will include an indoor “science gala” and a “mad lab” electronics workshop. There will also be an outdoor day, offering a variety of sessions, including Forest Schools' activities, soil testing, drone displays and a demonstration of the physics of golf.

Janet Moxley from the Biggar Science Festival said, “We are delighted to receive this funding from the Infinis Glenkerie Community Fund. This is the first time we have run a Science Festival in Biggar, and are currently developing the programme. This funding will help us to run a wide range of activities which should appeal to the whole community.”

The Biggar Little Festival also received an award of £12,960 over two years towards the cost of a part time administrator, without this paid administrative support the festival would not be the success it is today.

Launched in 2014, Infinis Glenkerie Wind Farm Community Fund supports groups and small charities within a 15 km radius of the Glenkerie Wind Farm, which includes parts of Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire.

A funding pot of at least £57,200 per year (rising in line with inflation) is available for the operating life of the Glenkerie Wind Farm, expected to be 25 years. The fund has been provided by Infinis, the developer and operator of the wind farm.

The next round of funding closes for applications on Monday 25th September 2017. Grant application forms are available to download 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

• Decisions on grant awards are made by the Infinis Glenkerie Community Fund Panel, whose membership is drawn from the Upper Tweed Community Council and wider community.
• Foundation Scotland has been appointed by Infinis to administer the Community Fund.
• For more information about the fund visit the Foundation Scotland website; contact Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927 or email office@foundationscotland.org.uk

For more information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4960

 

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