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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Hosting a Community Conversation for the North Lowther & Upper Nithsdale area

25 January 2017

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by NLEI Limited to conduct a Community Conversation in early 2017 with the communities in the North Lowther & Upper Nithsdale area. A series of events will focus on key community sustainability themes across the area covering the communities of Crawfordjohn, Elvanfoot, Leadhills, Wanlockhead, Durisdeer, Sanquhar, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm.

The Community Conversation 

The purpose of the Community Conversation is to bring together stakeholders in a shared discussion about the area and how it is best secured for future generations. It will recognise existing community and area plans but seek to explore how the included communities might work collaboratively on local plans whilst also exploring cross-area themes. It is hoped that the Community Conversation will help communities build more connections with each other and support agencies in the area across more traditional boundaries, support continuing partnership working across the area as well as informing and improving NLEIs work with local communities.

In the event of the wind farm being consented and eventually built, the Conversation will provide substantive information from which communities can consider how best to utilise the community benefit fund. In the event of the windfarm not securing consent, it is hoped the Conversation will have stimulated interest and appetite for more collaboration by communities across, and even beyond the area to help lever/attract investment and income from other opportunities.

How to be involved

We are running an online survey to enable all local residents and businesses from the area to contribute their views and opinions. 

We are also running a series of roundtable discussions around two overarching themes with key community clusters. The workshops will build on existing community and area plans.


Community Clusters




Strengthening our local economy 

(Enterprise, Tourism & future income opportunities) 

Crawfordjohn, Leadhills, Wanlockhead, Elvanfoot

Weds 22 Feb 2017

Register Here

Crawfordjohn Village Hall

Sanquhar, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Durisdeer

Thurs 23 Feb 2017


Register Here

Kirkconnel Miners Memorial Centre



Enhancing our infrastructure & capacity 

(Services, Transport) 

Crawfordjohn, Leadhills, Wanlockhead, Elvanfoot

Weds 1 March 2017


Register Here

Crawfordjohn Village Hall

Sanquhar, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Durisdeer

Weds 1 March 2017


Register Here

Sanquhar Town Hall

Participants at these events will be representatives from community organisations, local businesses or independent interests. You might choose to attend events for both themes or just one where you have the greatest interest. Ideally you can attend the event within your community cluster however if this is not convenient, you are more than welcome to join either event in the other cluster. Please confirm your attendance by registering your attendance using the above links which will direct you to Eventbrite, an online meeting registration system. If you have any problems, please email Jane Dekker 

North Lowther Energy Initiative (NLEI) Limited is a joint venture formed by 2020 Renewables and Buccleuch. The project has the potential to deliver a substantial contribution to renewable energy targets, a long term habitat initiative and significant economic benefit for the communities closest to the proposal. In line with Scottish Government Policy, NLEI Limited has committed to an annual payment of £5,000/MW for the lifetime of the windfarm. Based on the current design of 150 MW, this would equate to £750,000 a year.

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Searle-Mbullu Head of Community Investment 
Jane Dekker Associate

North Lowther Energy Initiative 

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