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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Successful applicants discuss their grants

24 July 2019

Ten of the eleven successful applicants for the 2019 application round for the Vattenfall Unlock our Future Fund were able to attend the launch of the awards at Murcar Links Golf Course, Bridge of Don (adjacent to Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay), where they were interviewed about their projects and the difference that a grant will make to them. 

Meldrum Amenities Improvement Group Plus Panel Member

Andrew McCartney of Meldrum Amenities Improvement Group and Hamish Vernal, chair of the Fund Panel.


Protoau Plus Panel Members 1

Lori Manson of the Fund Panel, Aoife Rowan-Dempsey (Industry Liaison for PrototAU), Stuart Watt (Mechanical Manager of PrototAU) and Liz Hodge of the Fund Panel.


Westhill And District Mens Shed Plus Panel Members

David Thomson, Chairman of Westhill and District Men's Shed with Hamish Vernal and Donna Speed of the Fund Panel.


Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust 3

Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust treasurer Willie Mitchell, director Angie Fraser with Emily and Rien Kutterink.


Aboyne And District Mens Shed Plus Panel Member

Mike Brooks (Chairman) and Phil Lay (Treasurer) of Aboyne and District Men's Shed with Lori Manson of the Fund Panel.


Fittie Community Development Trust Plus Panel Members 1

Liz Hodge of the Fund Panel, Pauline Brown of Fittie Community Development Trust, Hamish Vernal, chair of the Fund Panel, Anne Coles of the Trust, and Lori Manson of the Fund Panel.


Huntly District Development Trust Plus Panel Member 2

Hamish Vernal, chair of the Fund Panel with Mary Scott and Debbie Haefner of Huntly & District Development Trust.


Strachan Village Hall Plus Panel Members 2

Liz Hodge of the Fund Panel, Robert Brown, renovations project manager for Strachan Village Hall, and Donna Speed of the Fund Panel.


Tarland Development Group 1

Lizzie Bacon, Yvonne Davidson, Lizzy Shepherd, Colin Devine, Lindsay Stewart, Megan Albon, Martin Leahy (best young international beekeeper 2019), and Sarah Leahy of Tarland Development Group.


The grant awarded was actually £10,000, not £15,000 as is stated in the video clip.

Tigh A’Chomainn Camphill Limited Plus Panel Members 2

Liz Hodge of the Fund Panel, Marty Herretty, David Craig, Ronnie Leggett, all of Tigh a'Chomainn Camphill Limited, and Lori Manson and Donna Speed of the Fund Panel.


For further information see Unlock our Future Fund.

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