Cattanach fully understands how disconcerting the current situation is for our grantees and all those working in the voluntary sector. Your work to strengthen your communities, starting with its youngest members, is becoming more important than ever and we will do our utmost to support you in helping your beneficiaries.

We also understand that the virus itself has been and will be presenting disruptions but so may related shocks in the future that can affect your organisation. It is important to us that Cattanach values shine through all we do – integrity, love, consideration and hope will guide us in our response and if anything we want to strengthen our relationship with you and your organisation.

Here are our responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and how they relate to you:

  • For those wanting to submit a new proposal
    Our Trustees decided at the Q1 2020 meeting that we would not accept new proposals for the Q2 2020 meeting in May. This decision was unrelated to the virus and relates to internal changes and improvements. If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration at our Q3 2020 meeting in September 2020, please go ahead and get in touch with us. We will work alongside you as usual, keeping interactions virtual (phone/videoconference and email) for the time being, and will hopefully arrange for personal meetings in June/July.

 

  • For those currently receiving grants from us
  • Flexibility
    We understand that current and future restrictions will affect your organisations and the beneficiaries you serve. Please rest assured that instalments will be paid as usual even if projects cannot currently be delivered as planned, especially if funding is going towards staff cost. Please make sure to follow the Scottish Government’s advice as well as the NHS's latest guidelines on how to operate in your setting to keep beneficiaries and staff safe. If you feel that the situation requires you to spend funds differently – for instance divert funds from project to core funding – please get in touch with us so we can discuss this with you.
  • Reporting
    We will also take into account COVID-19 when it comes to evaluation reports and don’t want to add additional pressure. If you feel that you might struggle to meet a reporting deadline or if you had to adjust your activities, please get in touch. We are here to chat about your concerns so we can find a solution together.
  • Emergency response
    Cattanach will work on plans to further support current grantees during the COVID-19 outbreak, financially and otherwise. Plans will be published on the website so please check back regularly. We are also working on a joint and coordinated response together with other grantmakers across the Scottish Grantmakers and the Scottish Funders Forum as well as through the SCVO.
  • Your thoughts matter
    We are here for you and want to help in any way we can. Please let us know if and when it is the right time for you to have a chat – you know your organisation and beneficiaries best and we are here to listen.

 

  • For anyone wanting to get in touch with us
    We will do our bit to flatten the curve. Our staff will work from home until further notice and our landline will not be monitored. Please get in touch via email in the first instance and we will arrange calls and video-conferences with you as soon as possible.

We would love to hear from you and will do our best to respond as quickly as we can. Please bear with us and email sophie@cattanach.org.uk in the first instance. Thank you for all you do!

Your Cattanach Team & Trustees