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

SSE Clyde (Dumfries and Galloway)

Community Fund


This is a charitable fund provided by SSE, the owner of the Clyde Wind Farm to benefit local communities. The Fund will benefit the 12 Community Council areas of Carronbridge, Durisdeer Johnstone, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm, Kirkmichael, Kirkpatrick Juxta, Moffat and District, Closeburn, Royal Burgh of Sanquhar & District, Thornhill, Wamphray and Wanlockhead. It will be in place for the operating life of the wind farm which is expected to be 25 years.

The Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland.  Decisions on awards will be made by a local Community Panel made up of representatives from each of the 12 communities.

The fund is approximately £170,000 annually; with each community allocated a 1/12th share.  However the amounts available for distribution vary, depending on each area's previous funding commitments.  Some areas have already allocated their funds and therefore no longer have funds available for grant-making.

For the current round the 12 communities have the following available.

Area Amount Area Amount
Carronbridge £56,073 Kirkpartick Juxta (Beattock) £31,003
Closeburn £8,850 Moffat £11,308
Durisdeer £38,731 Royal Burgh of Sanquhar £18,459
Johnstone £19,300 Thornhill £26,538
Kirkconnel & Kelloholm £15,480 Wamphray £49,218
Kirkmichael £76,517 Wanlockhead £27,095

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the 12 communities can 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 a registered charity to apply.

For more information read the fund factsheet 

Read the Fund Case Study

Making A Difference

The fund will provide grants to support the costs of relevant projects, services and facilities that meet the following criteria. This can include running costs for local groups, staff or sessional workers, consultations and feasibility studies, events and festivals, the cost of purchasing equipment, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

The purpose of the fund is to support activities that will:

• enhance quality of life and promote people's well-being.
• promote community spirit and bring people together.
• foster vibrant, sustainable communities.



Important dates:

Application Deadline


20th January 2020

April 2020

3rd July 2020

September 2020

15th January 2021

April 2021

2nd July 2021

September 2021


How to Apply

Download the fund factsheet  for more information before applying.

Standard grants : Please apply online or by downloading the application form

Large grants: Please download an enquiry form.


Latest Grants

Annandale Community Transport Services

  • To contribute to the running costs of community transport services for one year.
  • Amount awarded: £12,000

Moffat Petanque Club

  • To contribute to the costs of building a new piste at Hope Johnston Park in Moffat.
  • Amount awarded: £10,365

Kirkmichael Community Council

  • To pay the costs of a part-time project co-ordinator for one year.
  • Amount awarded: £12,000

Johnstonebridge Centre & Community Development Trust Ltd

  • To construct an additional car park at Johnstonebridge Community Centre.
  • Amount awarded: £34,274

Nith Valley leaf Trust

  • To contribute to the costs of employing a part-time development officer in 2020.
  • Amount awarded: £11,500

Leadhills Family Action Group

  • To run a small Christmas Festival in December 2019 in Wanlockhead.
  • Amount awarded: £1,936

The Arthur Trail Association

  • To contribute to the costs of mounting an international symposium in Moffat in April 2020 to discuss and examine Arthurian and Dark Age history, myth and legend.
  • Amount awarded: £3,000

Wanlockhead Village Council

  • To provide a decorative structure around the village's permanent Christmas tree.
  • Amount awarded: £2,752

Johnstonebridge Parent Council

  • To set up a Forest School for primary school pupils.
  • Amount awarded: £3,000

Moffat and District Community Nature Reserve

  • To carry out works to improve the physical environment of the nature reserve and employ a part-time warden and project manager.
  • Amount awarded: £10,554

Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District Community Council

  • To contribute to the costs of co-ordinating and staging an activity night to run alongside the Christmas Light Switch-on.
  • Amount awarded: £1,180

Thornhill Gala Committee

  • To contribute to the provision of rides and inflatables as part of Thornhill Gala 2019.
  • Amount awarded: £1,600

South of Scotland Tennis Championship

  • To purchase tennis balls, medals and trophies for the 2019 Tennis Championship.
  • Amount awarded: £1,522

Wanlockhead Community Resource Centre

  • To contribute to running costs and maintenance of Wanlockhead Community Centre for one year, including the purchase of 24 new camp beds and hall hire costs for 6 regular groups.
  • Amount awarded: £3,324

Upper Nithsdale Arts and Crafts Community Initiative (UNACCI)

  • To contribute to the cost of Blackbird Opera & Ensemble Alba's tour and rehearsal of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in Sanquhar, including an open dress rehearsal and an opera workshop for local school pupils and students followed by an evening performance for young people and other members of the local community.
  • Amount awarded: £5,500

Action for Children

  • To support the continuation of the Community Swap ‘N’ Shop in Sanquhar for one year by contributing to the salary of a volunteer coordinator and to overall running costs.
  • Amount awarded: £8,150

Closeburn Gala Fundraising Committee

  • To contribute to the cost of purchasing 2 marquees, tables, a megaphone, double burner, bunting, banners and an electric bingo machine and towards the even
  • Amount awarded: £2,734

Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society

  • To contribute to running costs including staff costs, insurance, utilities and supplies.
  • Amount awarded: £10,000

Kirkmichael Bowling Club

  • To purchase replacement short mat bowling carpets.
  • Amount awarded: £2,826

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all grants

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