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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Training fund available for Thornton residents

07 February 2018

Middle Balbeggie Education and Training Fund is offering financial support to Thornton residents looking to access further education and training opportunities.

Awards of up to £500 are available and can cover a range of costs including course fees, travel, subsistence or childcare.

Successful applicant Emily Watson, said: “This grant will make a huge difference to me. I am going to commence work on my dissertation and as a result I will incur additional travel costs. I no longer need to worry about how I will meet this additional expense, and I can concentrate on my studies rather than work additional hours. Not only that, it gives me a degree of independence, rather than relying on my mum and dad to provide the support who themselves have lots of other financial demands.”

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Communities, Foundation Scotland, added “Money is a barrier for many attending further education or additional training courses, and we hope this this fund can support many more young people by removing this barrier. The Fund will support those living in Thornton who wish to either attend further education or access further training to increase their skills. It doesn’t matter which course you want to do, the key is that you are committed to improving your skills and knowledge and in turn, your prospects. This might be a two day practical course or something longer.”

For more information on how to apply visit /programmes/middle-balbeggie/





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