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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Help shape a better future for Scotland's communities

08 January 2021

As we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2021, we have some exciting and ambitious plans to support Scotland’s communities in the years ahead. And we're inviting you to get involved.

If you can spare a little time, you could make a difference by joining us as a new Trustee on our Board. You don’t need previous board-level experience; all new trustees will be fully supported and developed in their role. What’s more important is bringing new skills and experiences to the table, to ensure the Board fully represents the diverse communities that the Foundation serves. Applications from all ages, BAME, non-British nationals, LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities are particularly welcome.

All Trustees work together to provide leadership and governance, acting in the charity's best interests, working collaboratively to establish the vision and strategic priorities. You will also have an opportunity to work with inspirational people, including our Foundation staff and people within the communities we support.

The role is voluntary, with reasonable expenses covered, and requires around one day of your time per month. Meetings are predominantly virtual; therefore, an applicant’s location is entirely flexible.

Commenting on the new Trustee vacancies, Chief Executive of Foundation Scotland Giles Ruck said,

“We have invested time and energy in 2020 in identifying our future plans. Building a wider group of Trustees, each bringing something different and contributing to the organisation with new thoughts, ideas and challenge, is exactly what we need to continue our success”.

For more information on becoming a Trustee for Foundation Scotland, and to make an application, please visit www.foundationscotlandrecruitment.com.  You can also view or download an information pack here.

Applications should arrive no later than midnight Sunday 31 January 2021.

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