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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Clashindarroch Wind Farm Fund distributes over half a million pounds

22 August 2018

Since launching its first award in 2015 the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund established by wind farm owner Vattenfall, has distributed over £550,000 to 51 local groups in the communities of  Huntly, Drumblade, Forgue, Largue, Cairnie, Glass, Gartly, Clatt, Kennethmont, Rhynie and the Cabrach.

Now members of the public are being asked to help determine the funds priorities for the next few years.  A survey has been launched asking the local community for feedback on their experiences of the Fund to date and views as to the future, alongside holding focus groups interviews with previous applicants.

In addition, the fund manager from Foundation Scotland hopes to attend the Huntly Hairst on Saturday 1st September 2018 to showcase the fund and discuss priorities for the future with the local community.

Peter Kunz, Vattenfall’s Service Leader for the Clashindarroch Wind Farm, said: ”The first three years of the Fund have seen a remarkable amount of activity being supported locally. Vattenfall is delighted that the benefits of the wind farm are already leaving a lasting legacy in the area. It is vital though that the community plays a role in shaping the priorities for the Fund going forward – it is your money so get involved and help decide how it gets spent.”

The fund prioritises projects which match the fund priorities which were established in in 2014, following a consultation with the local communities.  Over the last three years the monies have been distributed as follows:

  • contemporary culture, events and recreational activity – £85,835
  • improve community services and facilities – £281,219
  • promote rural regeneration – £155,329
  • cultural, historic and archaeological heritage – £18,767
  • preserve and enhance the natural environment for residents and visitors – £11,555

 A key priority for local people was to ensure that improvements were made to village halls and similar facilities. Therefore, a number of larger grants for this purpose have included:

  • three grants totalling £100,000 to the Cabrach Trust for developing its proposed heritage distillery and visitor and community centre;
  • £47,259 to carry out improvements to Rannes Hall in Kennethmont;
  • £44,459 to carry out repairs to Scott Hall in Forgue;
  • two grants totalling £31,736 to Glass Community Association to carry out the preparatory work and professional costs for building a new multipurpose community facility in Glass;
  • £23,741 to Cairnie Memorial Hall to resurface its car park;
  • £17,050 to Clatt Village Hall to resurface its car park and renew its surface drains.

 The Fund has also made available £7,082 to each of the local community councils to allow them to make micro-grants of up to £500 to groups and individuals carrying out valuable work locally.

 A full report summarising the grants made over the last three years and the survey can be found at or telephone Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300 to receive a paper copy.

The survey should be completed by 30 September 2018.

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