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

Burnhead Moss Avonbridge and Standburn

Community Fund

Background

The EDF ER Burnhead Moss Community Fund is a new charitable fund that will benefit the communities of Avonbridge and Standburn. It is part of a wider fund that is also benefitting the communities of Limerigg and Slamannan in  Falkirk and Blackridge in West Lothian.

Community benefit funds linked to commercial wind farms are often determined by community council boundaries so the boundaries of the Avonbridge and Standburn community council areas define the area of funding.

The Fund will provide £34,666 to  Avonbridge and Standburn in the first year and rise in line with inflation.

For more information about the community read the community plan.

There is also an area wide Education & Training Fund will have £26,000 available (equivalent to 20% of the overall Fund). This Fund will support a range of education, training or re-training opportunities primarily linked to the Renewables and Energy sector. 

 

Priorities

Constituted groups and organisations working to benefit people in Avonbridge and Standburn are eligible to apply for a grant for a range of community activities that will:

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents;

  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities;

  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Groups will need to complete an application form and your application will be assessed by Foundation Scotland. Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

Groups that receive a grant will have up to 12 months to spend their grant.

The Fund cannot support:

  • Projects which do not primarily benefit people living within Avonbridge or Standburn.

  • Individuals or groups without a constitution.

  • The advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups including property maintenance). 

  • Overseas trips or the repayment of loans or payment of debts.                   

  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on an application (retrospective funding).                             

  • Payments towards areas understood to be the exclusive responsibility of statutory authorities.

  • Applications that are for the sole benefit to flora and fauna. Applicants must demonstrate the direct benefit to the local community and/or service users in cases where the grant application is concerned with flora and fauna.                                           

  • Anti-wind farm/renewable energy activities, including activities contrary to the interests of EDF and its subsidiaries.

Groups that receive a grant will have up to 12 months to spend their grant.

Making A Difference

To ensure the funding is put to good use in the short, medium and longer term a community conversation and planning process will begin in early 2017.  This will help identify more specific priorities or projects that the community will work towards. 

Timescales

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis – there are no closing dates. Foundation Scotland will assess and decide the outcome of your application within six weeks.

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form or downloading the application form and returning.

Grants

Latest Grants

 

 Avonbridge and Standburn Recreational Initiative (Pump Track)             

  • To fund a 100m pump track with a fast rolling, low maintenance asphalt surface and a life of 15 years.         
  • Amount Awarded:          £29,994.48
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