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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Top prize for local primary school pupil!

05 December 2013

Blackford Logo Competition Class

Blackford Primary School pupil Aedan Roscoe won the recent art competition organised by Blackford Community Fund.  The competition was organised by the Panel to come up with a logo which could reflect the ethos of the fund, whilst helping raising its profile.

Aedan’s design of a car with the strapline ‘driving Blackford’s future’ captures the essence of the fund -  supporting community activity,  with emphasis on those projects that will make Blackford an even better place to live, especially the older members of the community. 

Rachel Searle Mbullu Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland said, “Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and congratulations to Aedan on his winning design.  The logo will go on all future fund materials, and it is our hope that it will become a common sight around the village.”

She continues, “The competition has been beneficial as the Fund already connects with the older members of the community in the projects it supports, this has allowed us to engage with the younger members who no doubt in years to come will be driving the future direction of the fund.”

Foundation Scotland has been working with a local Panel to manage the fund since 2009. Grants are awarded to local organisations which contribute to the Fund’s aim to promote community spirit and bring people together; enhance qualify of life and promote people’s well-being; and foster Blackford as a vibrant and sustainable community.

Some of the beneficiaries from the recent panel meeting include to Senior Citizen’s Lunch Club to provide entertainment and buffet meals over the winter, Blackford Bowling Club to re-upholster seating and  Blackford Historical Society to purchase historic census information.

For a full list of all the awards in this round visit: /programmes/blackford.aspx

Notes to Editors
Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland is trusted by over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and public bodies. Our in-depth knowledge of the charitable and community sectors ensures that funding has the greatest value.

Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £1.1M in community benefit payments annually mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. It works with over 60 community councils and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of over 30 community funds.

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

Burnfoot Community Fund
The Fund has been created with a donation by Ochil Developments, the developer of the G West development near Blackford to Blackford Community Council and money generated from the EDF Burnfoothill Wind Farm.



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