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.


Acknowledge & Close

NorthConnect Legacy Fund


The NorthConnect Legacy Fund is provided by NorthConnect, a joint venture company, set up to develop, build, own and operate an electrical interconnector between Scotland and Norway.  For more information on NorthConnect see

The Fund is a charitable fund to support community groups and individuals that benefit residents living within a 10-mile radius of the planned interconnector (“the Area of Benefit”).  A map showing the Area of Benefit is here.

NorthConnect set up the annual Legacy Fund in 2017 and has seen the fund fully allocated every year since.  NorthConnect has announced that the size of the Fund will be set at £10,000 annually for applications in both 2020 and 2021.

Groups, organisations and individuals working to benefit people in the Area of Benefit may apply to the Fund.  Your group can either have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) or be an informal group with no constitution and must be set up on a not-for-profit basis.  It does not need to be a registered charity to apply. In addition, individuals, if they plan to carry out work for the benefit of the community, are also eligible to apply. Foundation Scotland receives and processes grant applications but decisions are made by an independent decision-making Panel.

 For more information about the Fund, and what projects the Fund will support and not support, please read the Fund Factsheet and Summary of Awards 2017-19.

Making A Difference

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 Fund is open for applications.

The application deadline is Monday 12 October 2020, with award decisions being made at the end of November 2020.


How to Apply

Please read the Fund Factsheet before downloading and completing the application form to submit via email.

If you have any queries email:


Latest Grants

The Russell Community Group   

  • To fund planting, decking and a trellis in the Russell Street community space to provide an amenity area for use by the local community and school.             
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,500.00

Port Erroll Public Hall     

  • To partially fund installation of solar panels on Port Erroll Public Hall. in order to reduce carbon emissions and increase financial sustainability.
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,500.00

Shirley's Space  

  • To fund posters, leaflets, pop-up banners and contact cards to raise awareness of services offered by Shirley’s Space.          
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,433.00

Buchan Community Radio           

  • To fund four Turbosound Milan 15” speakers for the outside broadcast PA system for use at events.
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,470.00

Port Erroll Heritage Group           

  • To partially fund a MacBook Air 16” to be used in the development and delivery of Doric TV, a service which will educate visitors and locals about the Doric history and culture of the area.     
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,500.00

Boddam Harbour Trust  

  • To fund purchase of a storage shed to be let out to a harbour user, providing additional income to the Trust and improving the visual appearance of the harbour.             
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,500.00

Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust        

  • To fund 14 weeks of the disability sailing club, providing opportunities for disabled children and young people to enjoy sailing.          
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,000.00
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