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 2021

March 2021

28th April 2021

June 2021

9th July 2021

September 2021

8th October 2021

November 2021



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 applications should be submitted via email to

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

Tweedsmuir Community Council              

  • To provide a fund for distribution to groups and individuals for general charitable purposes in the form of micro-grants up to a maximum of £250.    
  • Amount Awarded:           £1,000.00

Tweedsmuir Community Council              

  • To provide a fund for distribution in the form of micro-grants of up to £250 for charitable purposes to the benefit of local residents, including individuals and non-constituted groups with these additional funds being specifically allocated for the support the local community’s Covid-19 response.              
  • Amount Awarded:           £4,000.00

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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