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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VITAL VILLAGE HUBS RECEIVE FLEXIBLE FUNDING BOOST FROM LOCHELBANK COMMUNITY FUND

01 April 2020

Lochelbank Hill Windfarm | Canmore

The Community Fund Panel for the Lochelbank Wind Farm Fund made urgent grant awards totalling £7,000 to help four local village hubs withstand the loss of income associated with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bridge of Earn Institute, Glenfarg Village Hall (run by Arngask Hall SCIO), Forgandenny Village Hall and Forteviot Village Hall are all at the centre of life in each Perthshire village, providing and hosting numerous local services, facilities and events.  With limited reserves, the loss of income triggered by lockdown and social distancing poses a real threat to the voluntary groups which run these hubs for the benefit of local communities.  The Community Fund Panel, all local residents themselves, identified that these facilities faced a real risk to their futures as finances tightened, and acted rapidly to ensure that locally managed funds from the nearby Lochelbank Wind Farm could help boost their financial resilience.  Innogy Renewables (recently merged into RWE), which owns Lochelbank Windfarm, were supportive throughout, ensuring Funds remained flexible to emerging need.

Janice Sloan, Earn Community Council representative on the Lochelbank Community Fund Panel, highlighted their importance:  “This immediate local financial support will be critical in assisting with the loss of income incurred by our village halls during the impact of this current pandemic; providing a lifeline to sustaining vital local facilities used by many community groups”. 

Ian Pilmer, Glenfarg Community Council representative on the Lochelbank Community Fund Panel, outlined the Panel’s thinking:  “To support our local communities, with consideration to restrictions that the Covid-19 virus is imposing on them, was utmost in our minds.  The Lochelbank Windfarm Panel decided to provide financial assistance directed towards our community venues to aid their operational costs in part until they can open publicly once again.”

The Panel awarded funds proportionate to the scale of financial impact being felt by each group.  Foundation Scotland helped analyse the data supplied by each group to ensure fairness, and grants were awarded on a flexible basis, enabling each group to adjust to changing circumstances and cover unexpected costs which may emerge.

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager from Foundation Scotland, said:  “The four facilities identified by the Panel host and run nurseries, toddler groups, Scout & Guide groups, lunch clubs, exercise and art classes, fundraisers and public consultations, not to mention weddings, birthdays and other events.  It’s no exaggeration to say that they are at the heart of their communities, and will be integral to recovering from this incredibly tough situation.  I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work closely with the Panel not only to route Lochelbank Community Funds straight to where they are needed, but also to help the groups identify other sources of funding available to community groups and charities that they might need to get through this period.”

The Panel in partnership with Foundation Scotland will continue to monitor the situation and consider how the Fund can support local community groups during and after the pandemic.  Regular grant application rounds are likely to continue, with details posted on Foundation Scotland’s website:  www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/lochelbank/.

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