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

Kinross-shire

Fund

Background

A local advisory group was established to support the fund, and raised money from individuals and companies to make grants to charities and voluntary organisations in the Kinross-shire area.

Applicants can apply for grants between £500 and £2000

Aim

The Kinross-shire Fund aims to support activity which will develop the vibrant life of the local community and ensure that the area is an attractive place to live, work and visit.

Themes

Applications must address at least one of the following priorities:

  • Community Events

  • Community Information

  • Community Transport

  • Community Welfare (healthcare support)

  • Physical Amenities

  • Recreational Facilities

  • Support for Care of the Elderly

  • Support for Existing Voluntary Organisations

Making A Difference

Priority will be given to funding applications which:

  • strengthen existing local organisations by helping them to purchase equipment and resources

  • improve or develop local community facilities

  • encourage community activity and promote community spirit

  • support services for the elderly and persons with a disability

  • improve information about local community issues

Exclusions

  • Individuals

  • Advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups) 

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts

  • Retrospective funding i.e. costs already incurred/activities already taken place

  • Trips abroad 

  • Purchase of second hand vehicles

  • Payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities including schools i.e. projects that take place in school, during school hours and/or only for the benefit of the pupils will not be considered. PTAs/Parent Councils can apply if appropriately constituted but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit.

  • Groups who will then distribute the funds as grants or bursaries 

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

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

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Kinross-shire

  • Repeat applications are discouraged, particularly for events and activity costs.

  • Revenue projects will be considered but only where the project offers significant community benefits.

 

Timescales

Deadlines

Decisions communicated by

Project start date

1st Monday in February

20th March

On or after 1st April

1st Monday in May

20th June

On or after 1st July

1st Monday in August

20th September

On or after 1st October

1st Monday in November

20th December

On or after 1st January

How to Apply

The online application form is available here. Please read the accompanying guidelines before completing the application.

Get in touch
If you require any further information, please contact Foundation Scotland:
Email: annabel@foundationscotland.org.uk
Phone: 0131 524 0351

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