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

Heriot Community Fund

Background

Heriot Community Fund comprises community benefit monies provided by the operators of two wind farms located near Heriot in the Scottish Borders; Greencoat Wind UK, the owner of Carcant Wind Farm, and SSE, the owner of Toddleburn Wind Farm. The Fund supports community projects that benefit those living in the Heriot Community Council area.

An annual amount totalling £38,200, index-linked, will be available for community projects benefitting Heriot over the operating life of the two wind farms, which is expected to be 25 years. This comprises £29,000 from Toddleburn Wind Farm (starting in 2010) and £9,200 from Carcant Wind Farm (starting in 2008).

A Community Panel, comprising two people appointed by Heriot Community Council and four other people who live in the Heriot area, decide how grants are awarded from Heriot Community Fund.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the Heriot area can to apply to the Fund. Your group must have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not-for-profit basis. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply.

Making A Difference

The Fund provides grants to support community-focussed or charitable activities that:

  • Encourage community activity and promote community spirit;

  • Ensure adequate access to services for all community members;

  • Improve local transport infrastructure;

  • Build the local economy;

  • Build community capacity and cohesion between groups; and/or

  • Develop or maintain community assets.

Grants may support a wide range of costs, for example the costs of equipment, staff or sessional workers, consultations, running costs for local groups, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities, and so on.

Timescales

There are two funding rounds in each year. Application deadlines and decision dates in 2020 are:

Date

Deadline

Sun 26-Apr-20

Application deadline

Tue 16-Jun-20

Panel/Board meeting

Sun 11-Oct-20

Application deadline

Tue 01-Dec-20

Panel/Board meeting

 

 

How to Apply

Please read the fund factsheet  prior to applying. To apply please download and complete the application form or you can request an application form by e-mailing communitybenefit@foundationscotland.org.uk or gareth.shields@sse.com

For more information contact our Edinburgh office on 0131 524 0300 or email.

Grants

Latest Grants

Heriot Primary School Parent Council (Wild Garden)

  • To develop a community garden and wildlife hub in the grounds of Heriot Primary School.              
  • Amount Awarded            £9,221.95

Heriot Country Kids (Toys, Games, Equipment)

  • To purchase new toys, board games, craft items and equipment for play for the after school club.
  • Amount Awarded             £1,598.64

Heriot Community Council (Sandyknowe - Heriot Way Improvements)

  • To purchase and install 2 benches and fully refurbish the phone box housing the village’s defibrillator, thereby enhancing the appearance of the route between Sandyknowe and Heriot way, attracting visitors, and ensuring the defibrillator is protected and visible.
  • Amount Awarded             £3,640.84
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