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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Unlock our Future Fund: Open for Applications

14 February 2020

Applications are now open for charities and community groups across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to apply for funding from the second round of the Unlock our Future Fund which supports projects focused on environmental sustainability. The deadline for applications is 13 April 2020.

The Fund is provided by Vattenfall, who have committed to investing annually £150,000 to a community benefit scheme for the lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). A local panel of community champions has been established to make decisions about the fund, with Foundation Scotland being appointed fund administrator.

The Panel Chair, Hamish Vernal said “We received many innovative and exiting proposals last year from communities finding new routes to a fossil-free future. The projects we funded are now making a difference on the ground in communities across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.”

One of the organisations funded in the first round, Tigh a’Chomainn Camphill, which provides specialist independent care to adults with complex needs, was able to purchase an electric vehicle. Tom Marx from Tigh a’Chomainn Camphill said, "Having an electrical vehicle has enabled us to more than half the number of miles we were previously doing in diesel vehicles and has taken one of our diesel vehicles entirely off the road. Our residents are very proud of the electric car and are keen to see all of our vehicles swapped to electric vehicles. Our residents enjoy going to town and appointments in the Leaf and like that it is very quiet."

Tigh A’Chomainn Camphill Limited Plus Panel Members 2

Picture: 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, receiving the award.

Two information sessions have been organised for those who want to find out more about the Fund and get help with applications. At these sessions potential applicants will be able meet members of the Panel, Foundation Scotland representatives and other key organisations and funders who can support groups to develop their project ideas.

For further information see Unlock our Future Fund.

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