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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NorthConnect legacy fund increased for 2018

07 November 2018

The developers behind an electricity superhighway connecting the north east and Norway are calling on local people to once again apply for funding from the NorthConnect Legacy Fund.

NorthConnect, the joint venture behind a 665km subsea interconnector, set up the initial £10,000 annual Legacy Fund in 2017. The fund is administered by Foundation Scotland, for the benefit of people in Boddam, Longhaven, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, St Fergus, Mintlaw, Burnhaven, Hatton and the surrounding areas, including local seafaring communities and groups.

Due to the interest and number of projects applying to the fund in 2017, NorthConnect have doubled the pot to £20,000 for the 2018 round of funding. The aims of the Fund are:

  • To provide sustainable support to the communities and stakeholders living, working and playing in the vicinity of the NorthConnect infrastructure including: the converter station, HVAC and HVDC cabling both on and offshore.

  • To support sustainable energy use and production.

  • To support sustainability, energy, environment, health and wellbeing education.

  • To increase participation in and access to contemporary culture, events and recreational activities in an environmentally sensitive manner.

  • To preserve and enhance the natural environment for residents and visitors to the area.

The £20,000 fund will be managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent Scottish grant-making charity. The closing date for this round of applications is 21st January 2019. Local groups can apply for up to £1,500 per project.

Richard Blanchfield, the Head of Permitting & Agreements at NorthConnect in the UK, said: “NorthConnect had applications in 2017 totalling over £26,000 and while we were able to fund thirteen amazing projects, we hope to be able to support even more with the 2018 fund.”

The successful applicants in 2017 included: Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust, Boddam Community Council, Crimond Community Centre, Hatton Cruden School, Mintlaw Academy Therapeutic Garden and Peterhead Sea Cadets.
Dr Blanchfield added: “NorthConnect will benefit the whole of Scotland once operational. It will help bring down the cost of electricity for the British consumer and at the same time enable the development of more renewable electricity capacity in Scotland.”

For further information about how to apply to the Fund visit: /programmes/NorthConnect or contact Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300.

Media contact: Fiona Milligan;; 07825 744712
For more information on NorthConnect visit:

• NorthConnect is jointly owned by Swedish utility Vattenfall and three Norwegian companies, E-CO Energi, Agder Energi and Lyse.
• If given the go ahead, the strategically important interconnector will have a capacity of 1400MW, will be approximately 665km in length and will allow electricity to be traded between UK, Norway, and continental Europe. The interconnector will be routed from Simadalen in Norway, across the North Sea to Long Haven Bay, just south of Peterhead.

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