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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Wind Farm Cash Boost

16 January 2013

Forgandenny Village Hall, at the hub of the small, Perthshire community, will receive a makeover this year thanks to a grant from RWE npower renewables’ Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund.

Forgandenny Village Hall’s management committee was awarded £1740 from the fund to enable them to upgrade their kitchen. Forgandenny Village Hall is just one of four community organisations to have benefitted from the £20,000 annual fund; the others being Glenfarg Village Hall, 14th Perthshire Scout Group and the 77th Perthshire Glenfarg Scout Group.

RWE npower renewables’ Lochelbank Wind Farm began operating in June 2010, and over its 25 year lifespan, will provide around £500,000 to be used by the community for local projects, organisations and groups.

Kathryn Harries, UK Community Investment Officer with RWE npower renewables said: “We are delighted our community funds can provide funding where it is most needed to really make a difference to the day-to-day life of the communities that neighbour our wind farms. The current economic climate has resulted in many charities and community groups struggling to access grant funding, which makes locally managed funds like these all the more valuable to communities. I encourage more groups based in Glenfarg and Bridge of Earn to apply to the Lochelbank Community Fund so they can also benefit.”

Foundation Scotland (formerly Scottish Community Foundation) was appointed by RWE npower renewables to manage the Lochelbank Community Fund in 2011. The Foundation works with the community to help local people decide how funds should be allocated. Using its grant making expertise, the Foundation works alongside communities to award grants, sometimes these meet an immediate need and others will have a lasting impact.

Rachel Searlle Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland said, “Village Halls are the hub of small rural communities, and it great to see the funds being used to help them upgrade their kitchens. This will enable the hall to extend its services, benefitting the community as a whole in the long term.

“The next deadline for applications to the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund is 1st March 2013, and I would encourage other groups to submit an application.”

For more information on the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Fund contact Foundation
Scotland on 0131 524 0300 or email Edinburgh@foundationscotland.org.uk

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