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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Sitting Pretty at the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering

08 June 2018

People coming to the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering this summer will enjoy brand new seating, thanks to a grant from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Strathpeffer Community Fund. 

The Highland Gathering is an annual festival of Highland games taking place on the 11th August in the grounds of Castle Leod. Audiences will be treated to hammer throwing and tossing the caber, running, cycling, tug-o-war, Highland dancing and piping.

Malcolm Cleghorn, Secretary of the Highland Gathering said: “I am very pleased that the Corriemoillie Strathpeffer Community Fund has agreed to provide a grant of £3,000 so that we can buy 200 new chairs. Some of our existing seating was 50 years’ old and it was getting dangerous. These chairs mean that we can continue to be a safe and welcoming day out for all. We are using our own funds to buy a shipping container to store the chairs; and we will be allowing other local organisations to make use of them."

Nick Bradford, Head of Asset Management at EDF Renewables commented: “It’s great that the money from the Corriemoillie wind farm is allowing local people to get a comfy seat at such an important event. I hope it makes everyone’s day much more enjoyable, we are very happy to be able to help in this way.”

Other awards made by the Fund Panel were:

  • Strathpeffer Spa Bowling Club. £2,500 to construct a lean-to shelter attached to the main clubhouse, and to replace the wood edgings of the bowling green.
  • Strathpeffer Community Council. £824 to hold a workshop as the prelude to developing a local action plan for Strathpeffer

The next round of applications to the Strathpeffer Community Fund closes on Monday 24th September 2018. For further information about how to apply to the fund visit /programmes/strathpeffer/  or telephone the Fund Co-ordinator at Foundation Scotland, Bea Jefferson on 07554 695 152.

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