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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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Scotrail Foundation Delivers Funding Boost in Perth

25 November 2013

Two Perth-based charities are celebrating the news that they will share a £3,000 funding boost from the ScotRail Foundation.

The groups, Perth and Kinross Foodbank and Street Pastors Perth, are among the first batch of successful charities to receive financial grants from the newly established ScotRail Foundation, which was set-up in May 2013 to support groups from communities across Scotland.

The Foundation, which will distribute £100,000 by May 2014, is open to applications from any group which supports children or young people, improves the environment or enhances the general health and wellbeing of local areas.

Perth and Kinross Foodbank will receive £1,000 from the Foundation to provide meals to members of the public who have encountered unexpected financial hardship.

The group has already provided meals to 160 people in Perthshire this year. Local businesses and communities are also supporting the initiative, with more than four tonnes of food being donated in the last six months.

The Foundation has also awarded £2,000 to the Foodbank’s partner charity, Street Pastors Perth - a local community initiative of 35 volunteers, who offer assistance to the public by providing first aid and endeavouring to reduce crime rates in the city on Saturday nights.

The donation will contribute to the purchase of materials needed by volunteers, including mobile phones and first aid kits. Flip-flops, space-blankets and lollipops are just some of the more unusual things they hand out to the city’s revellers on their way home.

Michael Archibald, Chairman of Perth and Kinross Foodbank, said; “We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who are eager to be involved and added support from the ScotRail Foundation will help us extend our reach to even more people who need it.

“We have great working relationships with ScotRail, Police Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council. Our valuable contacts in the transport industry help us move food quickly between Perth and more remote areas, like Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.”

He continued;

“Street Pastors are highly valued in Perth as they are fully trained first aiders.

“We meet for the last trains arriving in Perth, as many people miss their stop and have no way to get off until it reaches Perth. For those who need it, we will organise group taxis to take them home.

“Applying to the ScotRail Foundation is very straightforward and didn’t take long to complete. I would certainly recommend making an application to any other community group looking to secure additional help.”

Across the country, 26 groups will share a total of £42,000 with amounts ranging from £250 to just under £5,000. Over £3,000 in ‘match funding’ has also been distributed among members of ScotRail staff to enhance individual fundraising efforts.

Director Pat Callaghan, who manages corporate social responsibility for ScotRail, said: “We believe we are much more than a railway operator, and have a significant part to play in improving our communities. The ScotRail Foundation has been created to offer support to deserving groups whose valuable work enriches the lives of people in various parts of the country.

“The important role both charities play in supporting people in the local community is commendable and we are proud to be backing them.”

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 17 January. Three regional committees of ScotRail staff, who volunteered for the role, will then meet to select the groups which best meet the criteria - and successful applicants will be announced in March 2014.

Foundation Scotland, an independent charity with more than 16 years of experience, manages the fund on behalf of ScotRail.

Groups interested in submitting an application should contact Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4960 or visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/scotrail for more information.

For media enquiries:
David McNaught
Tel: 0141 333 9585
Mob: 07882798167
Email: david.mcnaught@bigpartnership.co.uk

Notes to editors:

• The ScotRail Foundation is a national programme available to groups and organisations across Scotland. The fund is provided by ScotRail directly as part of their commitment to their social and corporate responsibilities and is managed by Foundation Scotland on ScotRail's behalf.

• Groups and organisations are encouraged to apply (individuals are excluded). Recommendations for grants and how the money will be distributed will be made by an advisory panel drawn from ScotRail staff.

• Further advice and guidance is available via scotrail.co.uk/betterwaytobe or by emailing info@foundationscotland.org.uk 

• Having even a limited connection to a rail or local station project may improve success rate

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