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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Community Fund


Every year Cambusbarron receives community benefit payments from the Earlsburn Wind Farm and the Kingsburn Wind Farm, both owned by Falck Renewables.  The Earlsburn payment started in late 2007 and now provides £4,700 (index-linked) to Cambusbarron annually.  The Kingsburn payment started in 2017 and now provides £24,000 (index-linked) to Cambusbarron annually.  Both payments are expected to last for the 25-year operating lifetime of each wind farm.

Cambusbarron Community Council has been working with Foundation Scotland to establish the Cambusbarron Community Fund through which funding from both the Kingsburn and the Earlsburn payments is distributed.

Two levels of award are available: 

  • Micro grants (up to £500) are administered directly by the Community Council.  They can be awarded to formally constituted groups or informal, unconstituted groups for a project or activity that will provide benefit to the community in line with the Fund purposes.  No more than two micro grant applications are expected to be made by the same group in any 12-month period.  Groups receiving a micro grant for a project can not expect to receive a Main grant for the same project.  For further information on micro grants please contact

  • Main grants (£501- £10,000) are available to constituted groups only and can be phased over 1-3 years if required.  In the case of such a ‘multi-year’ award, an annual report will be required before the release of the next year’s funding.  A group will generally only be awarded a Main grant once in any 12-month period.

In exceptional circumstances applications of over £10,000 will be considered for a project that will provide significant levels of community benefit.  Please contact Foundation Scotland in the first instance.

The Fund can support a wide range of capital and running costs including equipment costs, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

Making A Difference

Applications should usually be linked to priorities and projects already identified in the Cambusbarron Community Action Plan. These include:

  • Schemes or activities which protect, conserve or improve the environment.

  • Schemes or activities which promote rural regeneration though increasing opportunities for local enterprise and vocational training.

  • The development and improvement of infrastructure including transport, broadband, community-owned property and access routes.

  • Proposals which seek to maintain, improve or expand community services and facilities, including health, welfare and education, particularly with regard to young people and the elderly.

  • The development and improvement of community facilities and activities, including the arts, heritage, culture and science.

  • The development and improvement of leisure/sport facilities and activities and tourism opportunities.

  • Activities which support capacity building for new and existing community organisations, in particular to help promote citizenship and community development.

Please refer to the Fund Factsheet for details of other criteria and exclusions.


The next deadline for applications is 12th October 2020.

How to Apply

Please read the Fund Fact Sheet before completing an online application

You can also download a form but please note this must be submitted via email.


Latest Grants

Cambusbarron Community Centre Management Committee        

  • To refurbish the community centre kitchen.        
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000.00

Cambusbarron Playgroup            

  • To purchase equipment and materials and to fund additional staff costs associated with running a pilot project woodland play sessions.  
  • Amount Awarded:  £1,983.04

Cambusbarron Community Council (Planting)      

  • To purchase compost and summer bedding plants.          
  • Amount Awarded:  £500.00

Cambusbarron Playgroup            

  • To purchase waterproof and cold-weather clothing for children/adults, flags, and gardening equipment to improve the outdoor area.             
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000.00

Cambusbarron Community Out of School Club   

  • To pilot a scheme to fund free after school sessions for disadvantaged local children.       
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000.00

Cambusbarron Community Council (Bruce's Well steps replacement)       

  • To replace the steps leading from Birkhill Road to Bruce's Well.  
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000.00

Cambusbarron Community Development Trust (Area map)          

  • To develop and print a complete map of the local area in partnership with the Community Council and Save Gillies Hill.       
  • Amount Awarded:  £1,800.00

Cambusbarron Community Events Group (Xmas 2020)    

  • To contribute to the cost of the annual community Christmas event.        
  • Amount Awarded: £500.00

Cambusbarron Community Council (Microgrants)             

  • To provide a fund for distribution to groups and individuals in the form of micro grants.  
  • Amount Awarded: £4,000.00
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