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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Voting open for Spirit of Caithness Awards!

11 August 2017

Voting for the Spirit of Caithness Awards has now opened. This is your opportunity to vote for your favourite project, previously funded by the Spirit of Caithness, which you wish to see developed further.

Six categories have been defined with the winner of each category being awarded £1000 to develop the project.

The six categories are:

o A project which has worked with older people and has reduced isolation and increased involvement in the community
o A project which has shown an increase in the wellbeing of participants
o A project which has resulted in a positive change in the communities perception of disabled people
o A project which has resulted in a positive change in the lives of disabled participants
o A project which has connected isolated people to activities
o A project which has given an opportunity for potential role models to share their skills.


Votes can be cast at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SpiritofCaith2017, and you have until 11th September to make your choice. The winners will be announced at an event on 24th September at Pulteney People’s Project.

Arrangements have been made to allow those without internet access to vote. Please call Eilidh Gunn on 07801 530218.

Spirit of Caithness is part of the Spirit 2012’s Commonwealth Games Legacy programme, Fourteen. The programme aims to extend the reach of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games by investing in activities that local people themselves believe will make a difference to the well-being and happiness of their community.

Further information is available from Eilidh Gunn on eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk

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