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

Ventient Energy Glenkerie

Community Fund


This Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the Glenkerie Wind Farm. The fund will benefit charities and community groups within 15km of the wind farm, including those in the Upper Tweed and Tweedsmuir Community Council area and parts of Biggar, Symington, Stobo, Skirling, Roberton and Lamington. For a map of the area of benefit please click here.

The fund was opened in 2014. An annual amount of at least £57,200 per year, rising in line with inflation, will be paid into the fund for the operating life of the wind farm which is expected to be 25 years.

Decisions on grant awards are made by the Ventient Energy Glenkerie Community Fund Panel, whose membership is drawn from the Upper Tweed Community Council, the new Tweedsmuir Community Council and wider community.

The Ventient Energy Glenkerie Community Fund Panel commissioned Foundation Scotland and Scotland’s Rural University College (SRUC) to produce a socio-economic profile of the Fund Area. The profile will be used to inform decision making on awards and overall Fund strategy. You can download the profile here.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people within the 15km radius of the wind farm 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 to be a registered charity to apply.


Making A Difference

The overall aims of the fund are to support activity which will sustain and develop the life of the community and ensure that the area is an attractive and vibrant place to live, work and visit. To achieve this the Fund will support activity that will lead to the following outcomes:

• Adequate access to services for all community members

• Improved local transport

• Opportunities to grow the local economy

• Developed or maintained community assets.


The next application deadlines are:

Application Deadline


29th January 2020

March 2020

27th April 2020

June 2020

10th July 2020

September 2020

2nd October 2020

December 2020



How to Apply

For small grants £250 - £2,000 please apply online or download an application form.

For medium grants £2,000 - £10,000 please apply online or download an application form.

For large grants of over £10,000 please download the large grant enquiry form. Large grant applications are a two-stage process.

Download the Fund Factsheet for more information before applying.

Completed and signed applications should be submitted to: Programme Administrator Foundation Scotland, The Kiosk, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 2HP

For further advice or information on the Fund, or to discuss your application, please contact the Programme Administrator on 01557 814 927 or


Latest Grants

Broughton Village Hall

  • To contribute to the costs of replacing the west side of the Hall roof to prevent undulation or water ingress
  • Amount awared: £9,870

Tweedsmuir Hall Committee

  • To fund the connection to mains water supply for Tweedsmuir Hall.
  • Amount awarded: £9,966

Skirling Village Hall

  • To contribute to the completion of the improvement and modernisation of the hall through the upgrading of its lighting system.
  • Amount awarded: £3,414

Tweedsmuir Community Council

  • To contribute to the cost of providing superfast fibre broadband to all properties within the Tweedsmuir Community Council area.
  • Amount awarded: £69,000

Biggar & District Civic Socity

  • To contribute to the costs of replacing four notice boards, three maps and to refurbish 15 other non-statutory signposts in Biggar.
  • Amount awarded: £9,140

Upper Tweed Community Enterprise Company Ltd

  • To contribute to the purchase and establishment of a community shop in Broughton.
  • Amount Awarded: £10,000

Biggar Youth Project

  • To pay for staff costs for a part-time youth worker for the Biggar Bytes project for one year.
  • Amount awarded: £4,317

Biggar Science Festival

  • To fund schools activities linked to the Biggar Science Festival to include a science day for P6 pupils including a show and workshops, a trip for S3 chemistry pupils to Wanlockhead Museum and a STEM Ambassadors activity day for S1 or S2 pupils at Biggar High School.
  • Amount awarded: £1,382

Biggar Rugby Football Club

  • To implement the club's communication plan and employ a communication co-ordinator for one year.
  • Amount Awarded: £8,244

Biggar Albion Foundation Ltd

  • To purchase an engraving machine to create signs for the museum.
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000

Biggar Corn Exchange Ltd

  • To contribute to the running costs of Biggar Corn Exchange for one year.
  • Amount Awarded: £9,500

1st Biggar/Tinto Scout Group

  • To contribute to the costs of a trip to Japan for 14 explorer scouts and 4 leaders in July 2019.
  • Amount Awarded: £4,500

1st Castlecraig Brownies

  • To purchase new hoodies and neckers for the Brownies group.
  • Amount Awarded: £555

Broughton Primary School Parent Council

  • To fund the development of a technology suite for use by both the school and the wider community.
  • Amount Awarded: £6,500

Stobo Hall Committee

  • To upgrade the toilets and kitchen and provide disabled access and baby changing facilities.
  • Amount Awarded: £25,000

Biggar Babies Toddlers and Playgroup

  • To upgrade equipment and improve use of the outdoor space.
  • Amount Awarded: £740

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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