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.


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Ventient  Energy Galawhistle Community Fund

About the Panel

A Community Panel makes recommendations on awards from the Galawhistle Community Fund and advises on overall Fund strategy. The Panel is governed by a Terms of Reference that has been agreed between community representatives and Foundation Scotland.

The Panel is made up of people who live, work in or actively volunteer in the area that the Fund serves and comprises a mixture of community councillors and other members of each community. One representative each is appointed directly by the community councils for Douglas (incorporating Glespin and surrounds) and for Coalburn. Each of the two communities can also appoint up to four non-community council members through an open and transparent process.


Panel recruitment

We are recruiting new members for the Galawhistle Fund Community Panel.

If you live, work or volunteer in the area and are aged 16 or over, you are eligible to put yourself forward. Members will ideally represent a range of interests and sectors from the Douglas and Coalburn communities and are selected for their knowledge of and interest in the local area. An ability to make impartial, fair and consistent decisions is essential.

This is a voluntary role, with members expected to serve on the panel for up to three years. All reasonable travel and childcare expenses may be reimbursed from the Fund.

If you would like to put yourself forward to serve on the panel, please read the Role Profile and complete the attached Nomination Form by Monday 1 March 2021.

For an informal discussion on the role or if you have any questions about the recruitment process please contact Catherine Francis at Foundation Scotland on 07535 396537 or email

Each Panel member serves for between two and four years, with members retiring on a phased basis to ensure knowledge and expertise are retained. However, previous Panel Members may stand again. Opportunities to become a Panel member are openly advertised when these arise, both locally and on this webpage.

The Panel meets twice each year to make decisions on applications to the Fund for grant assistance.

The current Panel for the Galawhistle Community Fund is:


 Area representing

Jim McBain


Morag Fleming


John McAleer

Douglas incl. Glespin

Jim Smith

Douglas Community Council

Kyle MacMillan

Douglas incl. Glespin

Margaret Sludden

Douglas incl. Glespin

Minutes from Panel meetings

December 2019 (Draft)

April 2019

November 2018

April 2018

November 2017

August 2017

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