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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.
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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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Pipe Band Hits the Right Note with Wind Farm Grant

25 October 2016

Huntly and District Pipe Band is looking forward to many more years of entertaining the people of Huntly after receiving £9,500 from the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund. The grant will help pay for a two year coaching/mentoring programme for the Band's new Pipe Major and new Leading Drummer.

Bill Dean, of the Pipe Band said “Huntly and District Pipe Band is extremely grateful to the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund for making such a sizeable award. By supporting us, Vattenfall and the local Fund’s Panel have recognised that this money will be an investment in the Band's future. A great community asset, they clearly see how our organisation offers easy access to those who like pipe band music and want to be part of it. In maintaining this traditional art form as a recreational activity, it makes pipe banding attractive to the younger generation.

“Investing in future leadership and musical development of the Band was identified as a key element for future growth and continued stability. The cash injection will provide for hands-on support from people expert in the fields of piping and drumming. Coming with a proven track record, they will work alongside next generation leaders who have grown up in the organisation and give them that extra support needed in positions that come with a hefty responsibility.”

Pete Kunz, Vattenfall’s Service Leader for the Clashindarroch Wind Farm, said: "I’m delighted to see that some of the Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund is going to support the Huntly and District Pipe Band coaching/mentoring programme. We have had a fantastic response to the fund over the first year; I look forward to hearing more about the community’s plans for the fund, please get in touch with your ideas."

Other awards made in the most recent round of funding were: to Huntly Football Club to contribute to the preparatory work of building a 3G sporting facility for the community; and to Gordon Rural Action to facilitate the transition of its general advice service to a volunteer-led service.

The Clashindarroch Wind Farm Community Fund, which benefits the four areas served by the Huntly, Strathbogie and Tap o’ Noth Community Councils and the Cabrach Community Association, is managed on behalf of Vattenfall, the developer of the Clashindarroch Wind Farm by Foundation Scotland. Vattenfall, the owner of the 18 turbine wind farm, pays £185,000 (index linked) into the fund every year.

For more information about the fund and details of the latest awards visit

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