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.

 

Acknowledge & Close

Blackridge

Community Fund

Background

The Blackridge Community Fund is a charitable fund to benefit those living in the Blackridge community council area.The fund is supported by annual payments from three different wind farms -  the Torrance Wind Farm, owned by FS Wind Ltd, Torrance Extension Wind Farm, owned by Harthill Wind Ltd and Burnhead Moss Wind Farm that is owned by EDF Renewables 

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the area can apply to the Foundation for grants from the Fund. Foundation Scotland receives and processes grant applications but recommendations are made by a Community Panel made up of local residents from Blackridge. 

The Fund will also will support local people with vocational education and training opportunities using local training facilities and contribute to creating job opportunities in the local area.

As is consistent across all our work on community benefit funds, Foundation Scotland had no role in the planning and building of any wind farms and nor does Foundation Scotland have any responsilbity in its day to day operations.

 

Making A Difference

Some headline figures about the Fund (to Feb 2019):

£48,482

Total annual income

£99,739

Total disbursement to date from Blackridge Fund to local groups

55

Awards made

£1,813

Average grant award

£220

Lowest value award 

£12,000

Largest award 

41

Number of Burnhead Education & Training grants to date 

£26,000

Value of Burnhead Education & Training Fund shared with Limerigg & Slamannan and Avonbridge & Standburn

5

Panel members

£209,161

Total income 

The Fund supports community groups and charities working in the Blackridge area that provide activities or services which promote community spirit and bring people together, enhance quality of life and promote people’s well-being and foster a vibrant, sustainable community.  

It will also support local people with vocational education and training opportunities using local training facilities and contribute to creating job opportunities in the local area.

Grants to groups are usually between £250 - £4000 but applications for more than £4000 will be considered. Please contact Foundation Scotland for a discussion about your project if you are considering applying for more than £4000. Do not complete a standard application form in the first instance.

The Fund also recognises that some community activity is organised by groups that are more informal without formal governance arrangements in place. Such groups ca sometimes be supported depending on circumstances and are encouraged to complete a standard application form.

Timescales

The next deadline for the Blackridge Community Fund 2020: 

Thursday 12th March, Decisions Early May

Thursday 28th May, Decisions Early August

Thursday 10th September, Decisions Late November

Thursday 10th December, Decisions Late February

 

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form or download the application form and return. Please see the fund factsheet here

The next deadline for the Fund is Thursday 28th May, Decisions Early August.

Grants

Latest Grants

Blackridge Primary School Parent Council             

  • To fund the undertaking a participatory budgeting event for the ‘young deciders’.            
  • Amount awarded:            £1,000.00                        

Blackridge Community Education Association (Monday Club)       

  • To fund a day trips in September and December.         
  • Amount awarded:            £1,170.00                        

Blackridge Community Education Association     

  • To fund organised classes/groups, and to encourage participation in the community through music.            
  • Amount awarded:            £3,998.95                         

Blackridge Community Council   

  • To fund further bulb and tree planting, and installation of street furniture and the creation of a memorial to the mining heritage of the village, to enhance vacant land and other areas in and around the village.  
  • Amount awarded:            £4,000.00                         

Beechbrae          

  • To fund purchjase of materials to help Beechbrae help Blackridge during this Covid-19 Season.            
  • Amount awarded:            £4,000.00                        

Blackridge Primary School Parent Council             

  • This grant is for the printing and design of the leavers books and a donation to the work of PTA during this time.     
  • Amount awarded:               £750.00 

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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