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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T IN THE PARK COMMUNITY FUND OPENS

25 September 2015

Bringing Communities together through music

Foundation Scotland is delighted to announce application details for the T in the Park Community Trust Fund, set up to benefit the eight community council areas around Strathallan Castle Estate, Perthshire – the new home of the iconic festival.

A total of £20,000 is available in the fund this year, which will solely benefit community groups and small local charities, who can apply for between £250 and £2000, and is generated from donations from T in the Park.

Applications are open from 25th September until 11th December 2015 with awards being made in March 2016. For full eligibility information and to apply, log onto www.foundationscotland.org.uk.

The T in the Park Community Fund aims to continue the festival’s successful legacy of supporting local causes - and will be an on-going commitment from festival organisers. Foundation Scotland has worked with DF Concerts since 2007, managing the £385,450 they contributed to the Kinross-shire Fund.

Over 50 organisations benefited from pre-school groups through to services targeted at the elderly and projects to improve the local environment. Several other large awards helped with capital costs to improve community buildings and monuments.

Geoff Ellis, Festival Director of T in the Park said “Local causes in Kinross-shire benefitted from the fund for 18 years, and when we announced the move to Strathallan, we wanted to ensure this continued. By working with Foundation Scotland, there’s a fair and transparent process, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact the fund has on the local community.

“We will also continue to support our chosen charities which include Rachel House, Strummerville and Nordoff Robbins.”

Giles Ruck CEO Foundation Scotland said “Following our previous relationship in working with DF Concerts to help deliver the Kinross-shire fund, Foundation Scotland is delighted to manage this new fund for T in the Park, and support the local communities around Strathallan Castle. T in the Park is committed to supporting the local organisations and I am sure this new fund will create a positive lasting legacy for the area, as it did in Kinross.”

For more information about the fund visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk or email Ros Houldsworth ros@foundationscotland.org.uk

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