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

RWE Camster

Community Fund

The developer of the Camster Windfarm, RWE, is providing a Fund for the residents in the Community Council areas of:

• Latheron, Lybster and Clyth;
• Watten; and
• Tannach and District.

RWE will contribute at least £150,000 per annum for 25 years or the lifetime of the wind farm (Year 1 of the Fund began September 2013). This amount is split equally between the three Community Council areas benefiting from the Fund.

The Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland but decisions on awards are made by a local Panel of 12 people comprising of four representatives from each of the three Community Council areas. Each four is made up of one Community Councillor and three members appointed from the wider community.

A detailed profile of the communities within the area served by the Fund has been prepared by Foundation Scotland, in partnership with Caithness Voluntary Groups and Latheron, Lybster & Clyth Community Development Company. The Profile provides information on: the social, economic and environmental status of the area; the key opportunities and challenges faced by local communities, and; the priorities and views of local residents, businesses and groups. Information from the Profile has informed the development of the Fund Priorities.

Download a copy of the community profile here.

Making A Difference

The Panel has set the following outcomes (the differences that the Fund will seek to bring about for people and groups within the area of benefit) which will guide funding decisions to ensure the Fund delivers lasting improvements for the communities:

1. There are more and better opportunities to take part in sports and recreational pursuits
2. Access to and through settlements is safer
3. People of all ages enjoy more, better and varied activities and services
4. Community life is enhanced and maintained through a wide range of activities, events and improved amenity of settlements
5. Economic activity is encouraged within the Fund area
6. People have more vocational skills and experience
7. The natural and cultural heritage is more valued, experienced and understood by both visitors and residents
8. Energy use in homes and community buildings is more sustainable
9. Tourism opportunities are promoted and created in the Fund area

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

North Lands Glass

Tannach and District Microgrants

Watten Improvements Group

Bilbster and Thuster Village Hall

Latheronwheel and Latheron Improvement Group

Latheron, Lybster and Clyth Community Development Company

Thrumster Parent Council


There are two rounds of grant-making per Fund year with the following deadlines:

31 March and 30 September.

It takes around eight weeks to process applications so please ensure that your project fits with the timescales.



The Camster Microgrant makes £2,500 available from the Camster Fund, through the Community Council. Microgrants are designed to release small amounts of funding into communities by supporting individuals or small groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects that benefit other community members.

Each area operates in a slightly different way. To apply please contact the Latheron, Lybster & Clyth Community Council, the Tannach and District Community Council or the Watten Community Council, depending on where you live.


Available Balances 

As the Fund is split between three areas, each area has a different balance available at any given time. Presently, the balances are as follows:

Latheron, Lybster & Clyth: £62,900

Tannach & District: £120,400

Watten: £157,700

If you are applying on behalf of a group based outwith the Fund area, or for group’s whose project or membership is wider than just the Fund area your award will need to be split appropriately across the three areas and the amount you apply for should be proportionate to the beneficiaries . Please contact Foundatin Scotland in advance of submitting your application to discuss how best to do this.

How to Apply

Please read the fund factsheet  before applying online.

For large grants of over £25,000 please call or e-mail Eilidh Gunn (07801 530 218 / to discuss before submitting a standard application form.

If you require any assistance to complete an application form please contact Caithness Voluntary Group on 01955 603 453 or visit


Latest Grants

Venture North  

  • To contribute to the purchase of mobile kitchen equipment to use at the ‘Taste North’ annual food festival and a container for storage.
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,983.48

Caithness Voluntary Group          

  • To continue to deliver a Befriending and support service for three years across Caithness for people who are suffering loneliness and social isolation.
  • Amount Awarded:           £12,938.00

Watten Early Learning Centre Parent Council      

  • To fund the purchase of a tipi-style tent to both increase the range of educational opportunities available to the children in the Centre’s outdoor space overall and to increase the Centre’s ability to enable appropriate social distancing between children.     
  • Amount Awarded:           £2,795.00

Watten Early Learning Centre Parent Council      

  • To purchase warm waterproof outdoor wear and midge repellant clothing for the children, along with necessary storage items, so as to enable greater participation in outdoor learning and play.            
  • Amount Awarded:           £3,474.31

Stirkoke Rifle Club           

  • To upgrade the Club’s ventilation system and purchase a dust extractor to enable the Club to reopen following a period of closure due to covid-19.     
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,673.00

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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