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

Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund (Halkirk District)


The Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund (Halkirk District) is a charitable fund that benefits people living in the community council area of Halkirk District (the Area of Benefit). In the first year, the Fund will comprise £39,975. This amount will rise each year in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the area may apply to the Fund. Your group must have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not-for-profit basis. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply. Foundation Scotland receives and processes grant applications but decisions are made by a Panel made up of local residents.

For more information about the fund read the Fund Factsheet

Making A Difference

The Fund will support projects which will support positive change in the Fund Area. In particular the Fund will support projects which will:

The outcomes are:

1. Developing services and facilities.

2. Sustaining and creating employment.

3. Increasing skills and knowledge.

4. Preserving and enhancing or giving better access to culture, heritage and the environment.

5. Getting around and getting connected.

Applications must demonstrate how the proposed project will contribute towards one or more of these outcomes, listing the measurable activities/outputs that the group/organisation will deliver in order to achieve the relevant outcome(s).  However, applications which do not clearly fit with these outcomes but which can show strong community support and evidence of need may be considered where funds allow.


The Fund operates four funding rounds per year. Applications must be submitted in time for the closing dates which are:

Closing date for applications

Panel decision date

15th March

Mid-End May

15th June

Mid-End Aug

15th September

Mid-End Nov

15th December

Mid-End Feb

How to Apply

Please read the Fund Factsheet then fill out the application form.


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Latest Grants

Halkirk Parent Council   

  • To fund transport costs for extracurricular activities throughout 2020.    
  • Amount awarded:            £2,500.00                        

Halkirk Parent Council   

  • To set up a Junior Librarian library management system for the school. 
  • Amount awarded:            £2,700.00                        

No Limits Caithness        

  • To contribute to the cost of running life skills sessions over the year 2020/2021.        
  • Amount awarded:            £2,243.00                        

Halkirk Playgroup and Toddler Group      

  • To fund improvements to the outdoor learning environment and the transition areas within the nursery.             
  • Amount awarded:            £2,701.00                         

Lyth Arts Centre              

  • To contribute to an education and outreach project across the whole of Caithness, including 15 workshops within the Halkirk District Benefit Area.              
  • Amount awarded:            £3,000.00         
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