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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Secondment arrangement enhances Foundation Scotland’s support to the Highlands and Islands

12 August 2014

Foundation Scotland is delighted to announce that Eilidh Gunn of Highland consultancy Caithness Renewables Ltd will be seconded to their Community Engagement team from mid August.

Eilidh will continue to operate out of Caithness Renewables’ Thurso office working two days a week for Foundation Scotland on an initial trial period. She will work closely with Carol Elliot, Foundation Scotland’s Highland based Community Engagement Executive.

Foundation Scotland hopes that this modest growth to its team will enable their community engagement work to be better supported, particularly in Caithness and Sutherland.

In Caithness, Foundation Scotland currently administers funds affecting Watten, Tannach & District and Latheron, Lybster and Clyth and is also now working with community members in Dunnet & Canisbay to establish the Stroupster Fund that will become operational next year.

In Sutherland, Foundation Scotland administers funds affecting Lairg, Creich, Ardgay & District and is also familiar with Golspie, Rogart, Brora and Helmsdale communities and some island communities from other community benefit fund activity. Alongside fund management work in Caithness, Foundation Scotland is also working with the Dounreay Stakeholder Group to follow up on the Caithness Conversation work it undertook last year on behalf of RWE Innogy.

Announcing the appointment, Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Foundation Scotland’s Head of Community Investment said, “Working with communities on community funds is quite a complex process. The opportunity for communities to direct resources in this way has not happened very much before. Our experience from working with communities and developers across Scotland is that hands on professional support, sensitively provided, can be very valuable. We welcome the opportunity for partnership working. We hope that by enhancing our team through this secondment from Caithness Renewables will further improve level of service to developers and communities on various aspects of community engagement/community benefit funds.”

Louise Smith, Director of Caithness Renewables added, “We are delighted to be supporting Foundation Scotland, improving the access to its operations for the Caithness and North Highland and Islands community. It is a logical continuation of our work on the Caithness Conversation which looked at improving access to funding coming into our communities from renewable energy projects.”


Notes to Editors

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland is a Scottish charity with expertise in distributing funds to community projects on behalf of a range of different donors. Since 2008 it has also developed expertise in designing and distributing community benefit funds linked to onshore commercial wind farms. Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £1.3M in community benefit payments annually mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. It works with over 80 community councils and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of community funds across Scotland.

The Foundation favours a long term view, promotes and harnesses community strengths and supports decision making processes that are inclusive, accountable and community-led.

Caithness Conversation

The Caithness Conversation conducted by Foundation Scotland between February and April 2013 on behalf of RWE Innogy facilitated discussions between community members, businesses and other key local stakeholders about how funds can best be used to benefit Caithness communities.

Caithness Renewables Ltd

Caithness Renewables Ltd was established in 2010 by local engineer Louise Smith who in 2012 subsequently moved the business into a Thurso town centre office which also serves as a hot desk facility. Caithness Renewables carries out a variety of renewable energy, community and supply chain commissions aimed at enhancing the economic landscape of Scotland.

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