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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Celebrations in Aberdeenshire as Vattenfall funding is announced

30 July 2020

Vattenfall European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

New funding celebrates innovation and sustainability across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

The recipients of more than £124,000 funding have been announced this week, with a total of 12 community groups across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire celebrating successful applications to the Vattenfall Unlock Our Future Fund.

Now in its second year of grant making, the Fund aims to support community projects across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire which are innovative, environmentally sustainable and provide a legacy for their local community.

All Fund co-ordination is managed by Foundation Scotland and attracts a huge variety of applications each year. Decisions on which projects receive funding are made by a panel of community champions. Foundation Scotland’s Fund Co-ordinator Bea Jefferson said: “We were delighted to see such a huge variety of projects submit applications this year. The Unlock Our Future Fund helps organisations large and small to make a long-lasting impact to their community and the environment in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and beyond.”

Amongst those celebrating new funding were Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) who were awarded £5,500. The money will pay for a new electric cargo bicycle to help deliver fresh food to people in Aberdeen who experience food poverty, isolation, mobility barriers and mental health issues. Lisa Duthie, Chief Executive of CFINE, said: “The demand for CFINE’s emergency parcel delivery service increased by 300%, we are currently delivering over 1,500 parcels weekly to people experiencing food insecurity. The electric cargo bike will be utilised to deliver essentials to families facing hardship, therefore, helping us alleviate poverty in the North East in an eco-friendly way.”

In central Aberdeenshire the Alford District Men’s Shed were awarded £15,000 to further develop their existing renewable energy system. This new funding will pay for solar and thermal battery storage, increasing the capacity and optimising the use of renewable energy they already generate on-site. Bill Slee, a Trustee for the Shed said: “Alford Men’s Shed Support from Vattenfall’s Unlock our Future Fund will significantly help us on our journey to net zero by developing an energy system appropriate to 21st century imperatives for decarbonisation.”

Other projects receiving funding were the Aberdeen Association of Social Service (VSA), Buchan Community Farm, Camphill School, Newburgh Public Hall, Peterhead Sailing Club, Aberdeen University (ProtoTAU project), Tarland Development Group, Tarves Parish Church and The Barn (Woodend Arts Ltd). For more details of the 2020 awards visit the fund page.

Chair of the Fund Panel Hamish Vernal recorded a heartfelt video congratulating all the grantees on their success:

Alexandra Richards, Operations & Maintenance Manager at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm said: “Local community initiatives make such a huge difference to the lives of so many people. We’re excited to have been able to help these fantastic projects come to life through the Unlock our Future Fund"

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