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


Community Fund


This charitable Fund was originally created in 2009 with a donation to Blackford Community Council by Ochil Developments, the developer of the G West development near Blackford. The fund is intended to be a lasting resource for the community of Blackford. The Fund also receives an annual payment from the EDF Energy Renewables Burnfoot Hill, Burnfoot North and Rhodders Wind Farms. This arrangement started in 2011 and will continue for the life time of the wind farms which is expected to be 25 years.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in Blackford can apply to the Foundation for grants from the Fund. Although the Foundation will receive and process applications for grants, funding decisions are made by a Community Panel made up of local residents from Blackford, together with a representative from the Community Councils and the original donor, G West.

For more information on how the fund is supporting the community read the Fund report for 2017-18, or visit the Blackford Community Council's website.


Making A Difference

The Fund supports community groups and charities working in the Blackford Community Council area that are providing activities or services which promote community spirit and bring people together, enhance quality of life and promote people’s well-being and foster a vibrant, sustainable community.

Groups or organisations that have a constitution (governing document or set of rules) and are set-up on a not-for-profit basis which want to run a project or carry out activity that will benefit residents in the Blackford community council area are welcome to apply. (In exceptional circumstances non constituted groups may apply for smaller grants up to £500). Organisations do not need to be registered charities in order to apply to the Fund.

Applications for projects that benefit older residents of the community are particularly welcome.

The following case studies provide examples of how the fund is making a difference to the community:

Blackford Crafters

Blackford Fiddle Club


The closing dates for 2020 are:

16th March, Decisions end of April.

30th July, Decisions end of September.


How to Apply

Please complete the online application form or download the application form and find guidance here. 


Latest Grants

Blackford Community Council    

  • To fund a ceilidh.             
  • Amount Awarded:           £120.00

Blackford Study Group   

  • To provide 14 music classes        
  • Amount Awarded:           £500.00

Blackford Gala Day Committee  

  • To fund the senior citizens' and children's entertainments, inflatables, pipe band and a replacement banner. This will enable the Gala Day to provide opportunities for all members of the Blackford community to engage in activities and entertainment throughout the week and contribute to strengthening community spirit.           
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,500.00

Blackford Highland Games Committee   

  • To fund insurance, first aid and pipe band hire for the annual event.        
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,500.00

Blackford Community Cycling Club           

  • To fund annual affiliation fees and purchase first aid and on-road maintenance kits.         
  • Amount Awarded:           £268.00

Blackford Community Vegetable Garden               

  • To fund purchase and installation of a polytunnel, associated materials and seeds. This will enable a wider range of fruit and vegetables to be grown, extended the period when crops can be grown and enable an early spring planting for next year’s produce.            
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,095.00

Blackford Parish Church (Blackford Cares)            

  • A donation to the work of Blackford Cares who is leading a community response during the Coronavirus pandemic.  
  • Amount Awarded:           £750.00

Blackford SWI   

  • To fund hall rental Sept 20 - May 21.      
  • Amount Awarded:           £289.00

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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