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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Speyside Youth gets ready to open its doors

12 October 2015

A new Youth Café will open its doors for the first time on 30 October at Dufftown Community Centre, with activities being aimed at young people of S1-S3 age. The café is being run by Speyside Youth who have been formed with the aim of establishing a youth facility for area providing activities and wider opportunities for young people in the area.

Fred Allan, Chair of Speyside Youth, said “Speyside Youth Ltd. has been set up with the help and guidance of many organisations throughout the area and beyond. Our aim is to provide a safe, warm, fun place for young people to get together and access non-judgemental help and support, within the area of southern Moray district. I am delighted that we are now in a position to start offering activities on a weekly basis.”

“In the future, we hope to offer a range of free or low cost activities and outings, personal development courses such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and employability training for the young people of the area. Our vision is to establish a "bricks and mortar" facility in Dufftown with the addition of "pop-up" sections in the surrounding communities so that young people have the opportunity to mix, socialise and help each other.”

Speyside Youth work alongside a committee of young people to develop and deliver activities. Part-time youth workers Toni Taylor and Julie Oyarzabal have also been appointed to help kick start youth activities in the area.

The initial phase of the project is being supported through funding from the William Grant Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund, which is administered through Foundation Scotland.

Nick Addington, Chief Executive of the William Grant Foundation said, “The William Grant Foundation aims to support greater opportunities for all and strengthen the local communities in which William Grant & Sons Ltd operates. We are interested in supporting young people in Dufftown and the surrounding area to help them develop resources and services locally that will enable them to develop their skills and interests to fulfil their potential. It’s great to see Speyside Youth coming together to move this forward and we are pleased to be supporting their first activities with young people.”

Speyside Youth would also be interested to hear from anyone who would be able to volunteer. For more information on the group or volunteering opportunities contact Julie on 07967 748835 or Toni on 07976 494827 or email

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