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

The Glenkens & District Trust


We will continue, as planned, with the round of funding for Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund which is due to close on 27th March 2020 as we know that a number of organisations are working on applications to submit to this round.

However, the Trustees are aware that we are all in rapidly changing times and therefore will consider any significant developments in relation to COVID-19 as they assess applications and make decisions on awards going forward. Applicants should be aware that, as part of this process, GDT will now bear in mind the time criticality of projects to ensure that we can support our communities now and also in a way that enhances our ability to recover from this crisis in the longer term.

In addition, while there was a timetable in place for making decisions by the end of May 2020, this date is now uncertain due to uncertainty on the availability of both the GDT Trustees and the Foundation Scotland workforce during the assessment and decision making process.

In parallel, GDT, is also considering and exploring the implementation of an emergency funding process whereby organisations can apply for special funds to help meet unexpected needs arising as a result of the current circumstances. Further information regarding this will be published in due course. GDT wants to be supportive of the communities it serves at this time, while honouring their existing commitments.

During this time we will continue to draw on the invaluable experience that Foundation Scotland have in managing numerous funds across Scotland who are all grappling with similar issues.

Foundation Scotland is communicating with all current Blackcraig Fund grantees to provide reassurance around current grant arrangements, acknowledging that projects and services funded with grants may be adversely by the situation we are all now facing and relaxing reporting requirements for the time being.

Finally, we are still planning on a second round in the Autumn but will obviously need to react to any developments.


Decisions on grant awards from the Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund are made by The Glenkens & District Trust (GDT), the board of which comprises representatives drawn from most of the Fund’s Community Councils along with some non-Community Council representatives. The current trustees are:


Organisation represented

Date of appointment

Des Hadnett

Balmaghie CC

5 December 2016

Richard Middleton

Crossmichael and District CC

5 December 2016

William Dickson

Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham CC

5 December 2016

Fiona Smith


19 November 2018

Denise MacDonald Kiernan

Balmaclellan CC

29 April 2019

Allan Todd

Dunscore CC

18 February 2019

Rosalind Hill

Royal Burgh of New Galloway and Kells Parish

15 October 2019

Thomas Marshall

Parton CC

9 June 2020

Andrew Mellor

Dalry CC

1 July 2020

Meeting Summary

You can download the summary from the most recent meetings of The Glenkens & District Trust using the links below:

January 2020

March 2020

May 2020

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