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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Public ballot to decide community fund panel members

22 April 2015

A public ballot to decide community fund panel members will be held at the Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council meeting on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm in Canisbay Village Hall.

Residents over 16, living in the Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council area are welcome to attend and vote, proof of residence will be required.

The Panel will consist of nine members; four of whom are from the community council and five members from the local community. Twelve nominations have been received, and the ballot will decide which five local people will join the panel.

Eilidh Gunn, Foundation Scotland said “The Stroupster fund is worth £145,000 per annum to the area, and the role of the panel is to ensure that the funds are spent on projects which will benefit everyone in the surrounding area. The public ballot will give residents the opportunity to have their say on who should represent them on the panel.”

Foundation Scotland has been appointed by the wind farm owner, part of the BayWa r.e. global group of companies to manage the community fund. The Foundation will work with communities to help them decide how funds should be allocated, using its grant making expertise to ensure positive lasting impact.

For more information residents should contact Foundation Scotland’s Caithness representative, Eilidh Gunn, on 07801 530218 or


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