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

Ventient Energy A'Chruach Community Fund


The A’Chruach Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the A’Chruach Wind Farm in Argyll & Bute. The Fund supports community projects benefitting those living in one or more of the following community council areas – West Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead

In its first two years the fund has made awards to 37 projects totalling £245,522.  You can read a detailed report of  all the Fund activity here  or a short summary here 

For further advice or information on the Fund or to discuss your application, please contact the Community fund Coordinator:

Eimear Cassidy, on 0141 341 4968 or 07912 759 623


The Fund supports positive change by investing in a wide range of inspirational, community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative and helps create a legacy of lasting impact. The Fund will do this by making grants to support the costs of relevant projects, services and facilities.

Applications are expected to address one or more of the following outcomes 

  • Advance rural regeneration though increasing opportunities for enterprise and vocational training 

  • Enhance infrastructure including affordable housing, transport, broadband, community-owned property and access routes. 

  • Establish new community services and seek to improve or expand existing services, particularly with regard to young people and the elderly. 

  • Develop and improve community facilities 

  • Enhancing leisure facilities and to develop and expand tourism and leisure opportunities. 

  • Capacity building for new and existing community organisations to help achieve the other priorities.

Making A Difference

The Fund’s purpose and priorities were informed by a process of community action planning that happened in each community over the winter of 2015/16.

West Loch Fyne

Going forward, the Panel is keen to try and ensure that applicants consider how their project will contribute to any of these particular village themes/priorities.



West Loch Fyne

Develop an anchor community organisation

Community facilities for all ages

Tourism and leisure

Tourism development

Tourism and leisure

Community facilities and activities for all ages

Enterprise development


Develop community services

Ownership of assets and investing in existing groups

Enhance the local infrastructure (waterfront, access for disabled people)

Enhance local infrastructure (affordable housing, paths)

Activities for younger residents


Enhance the local infrastructure (paths, housing, energy, community space)



 There are two funding rounds in 2020:

Closing date

Panel Decision dates

19th March 

Early June

17th September

End of November

How to Apply

Please read the fund factsheet before downloading the application form

If you wish to enquire about a large grant please contact Foundation Scotland.



Latest Grants


Mid Argyll Youth Development Services

  • To provide the second half of funds needed to remove an asbestos building and provide an outdoor space for service and community users.          
  • Amoiunt Awarded £9,880.00

Mid Argyll Youth Development Services

  • To provide the second half of funds needed to remove an asbestos building and provide an outdoor space for service and community users.          
  • Amount Awarded £9,880.00

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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