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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Wind farm wind falls should bring socio-economic benefits to Caithness

01 July 2013

Youth employment opportunities, tourism initiatives, improved transport links and support for businesses came out top in a recent survey to find out what wind farm windfalls should be spent on in Caithness in the future.

Not surprisingly, the Caithness Conversation Community Profile suggests that a high percentage of the funds should be spent on communities nearest the wind farm but the idea of setting aside a smaller pot of funds for county-wide initiatives was also supported. A majority of respondents also felt that the distribution of funds should be administered locally by communities themselves with dedicated support. Commissioned earlier this year by one of the UK’s leading wind farm developers, RWE npower renewables, the profile is a summary of opinion and comment made by over 320 residents and more than 34 local organisations in response to eight key questions posed as part of the Caithness Conversation.  Each question related to how community funds linked to wind farms could best be used to support the area. The research was carried out by independent grant making charity Foundation Scotland.

Moving forward, RWE npower renewables will consider the report’s recommendations as to how best support Caithness communities in the development and distribution of renewables community benefit funds in the future.  These include supporting a working group to progress the ideas and suggestions from the Caithness Conversation; to look at ways of sharing good practice, and initiate a round table discussion with other renewables developers.

Alan Johnston, RWE npower renewables’ Community Investment Officer, said: “The Caithness Conversation gave participants the opportunity to reflect on experience to date and to begin planning how future wind farm funds might best be applied.  We hope both participants and the wider community find the profile to be a valuable resource.  We are looking forward to continuing to work with Caithness communities to ensure that renewables community benefit funds create a positive legacy for the area”.

Rachel Searle-Mbullu of Foundation Scotland said: “There was a resounding view that this unprecedented opportunity for spending community benefit funds linked to renewables projects within Caithness needs to be maximised.

“Foundation Scotland has outlined six recommendations which we believe should be considered when future community benefit fund arrangements are being implemented.  I think it is important to note that there is not one correct way of distributing such funds however whether for a local fund or a Caithness-wide fund either or both approaches should always be community–led.”

Local people were invited to participate in the region-wide event through the completion of a questionnaire, attending a focus groups or one-to-one interviews and by chatting through their opinions at two Caithness Cafés run in Thurso and Wick respectively. 

Key findings are discussed in-depth in the Caithness Conversation Community Profile, which also includes a socio-economic report of Caithness and an overview of current community fund arrangements. The report is available for download from 

RWE npower renewables invests more than £75,000 per annum in Caithness through community funds associated with its wind farms.  The company operates Bilbster and Causeymire wind farms, has gained consent for other wind farms in the area, and is in the process of applying for planning consent for Bad á Cheò Wind Farm. 


Alda Forbes, RWE npower renewables, 08450 71 7719
Louise Fyfe, RWE npower renewables, 08450 71 7720
Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Foundation Scotland, 07900 221483

Note to Editors:

RWE npower renewables
RWE npower renewables is the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy and one of the UK’s leading renewable energy developers and operators. We are committed to developing and operating renewable energy projects to produce sustainable electricity.
We operate 21 hydroelectric power schemes, 25 onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, including the UK’s first major offshore wind farm, North Hoyle.  RWE npower renewables is currently constructing its first biomass CHP power plant in Scotland, and the 576 megawatt Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, off the North Wales coast. 

From development, to construction and operation, our 453 staff in area offices across Wales, Scotland and England work in close partnership with local communities and with companies.  In 2012, renewable energy sites operated by RWE npower renewables invested nearly £1 million into communities across the UK.  The investments made by RWE in the UK are creating substantial new jobs opportunities, developing the supply chain and, very importantly, helping the UK Government achieve the EU target of supplying 30% of electricity from renewables, by 2020. 

RWE Innogy pools the renewable energy expertise and generating plant of the RWE Group. RWE Innogy is fully committed to growth in renewable energy across Europe, and has a current pan-European pipeline of 12GW.  The UK will continue to play a significant role in the delivery of this pipeline.
RWE npower renewables is a sister company to RWE npower, a leading UK energy company with around 6.8 million customer accounts. 

In Scotland RWE npower renewables operate 12 hydroelectric projects and nine onshore wind projects.
The company is also constructing a 49MW biomass CHP plant in Markinch, Fife, due to be completed in early 2013.
RWE npower renewables has over 40 employees based in Scotland, with area offices in Perthshire and the Highlands.  The company is also proud sponsor of Scotland’s oldest shinty club, Kingussie Shinty Club. 

For further information about RWE npower renewables and RWE Innogy visit and For further information about RWE npower visit


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