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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Local groups benefit from over £100,000 of awards

28 February 2018

Sixteen projects have shared a funding pot of £107,078 thanks to the Stroupster Community Fund.

John O Groats Development received a total of £40,107 to deliver three projects, designed to stimulate the local economy. The projects include; the delivery of a community broadband project; launch of a Book Festival; and the costs of recruiting a Development Officer to deliver the John O Groats Economic and Community Action Plan.

Andrew Mowat, Director John O’Groats Development Trust said “John O Groats Development Trust is delighted to receive these awards, and we hope that this is the start of a new chapter for the community. The Development Trust is open to everyone in the area, we welcome anyone who has ideas for future projects to make this a better community for all. If you have a suggestion then please do come along to our meetings to find out how to get involved.”

The Stroupster Community Fund was established to benefit the Community Council area of Dunnet & Canisbay, to support community groups and charities working in area who are providing activities or services which benefit the lives of local people. The recent awards have been guided by the priorities identified in the community plan, with improving the communication infrastructure a key priority alongside the promotion of enterprise and tourism opportunities.

Other projects to benefit include; Wick Squash Club who received £5000 towards the clubhouse roof refurbishment: Auckengill and Nybster Common Grazings Committee who received £2000 to create an all ability all weather access to the grazing; and four local primary schools have received funding to subsidise the cost of future primary 7 trips.

Foundation Scotland administers the Fund on behalf of the wind farm operator, Greencoat UK Wind. The Stroupster Community Fund is expected to distribute £149,500 a year for the operating lifetime of the wind farm.

The next deadline for applications is 30 April 2018, for more information on the fund and how to apply visit



Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland distributes funds for over 250 individuals, families, charitable trusts, companies and public bodies. Our in-depth knowledge of the charitable and community sectors ensures that funding has the greatest value.

Foundation Scotland works with communities and developers, administering over £3M in community benefit payments annually mainly linked to commercially owned and operated onshore wind farms. The Foundation works with over 145 communities and a wide range of developers, supporting the set-up and on-going activities of over 50 community funds across Scotland.

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