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

Minnygap Community Fund


This charitable fund is provided by Minnygap Energy Ltd, owner of the Minnygap Wind Farm, and the Johnstonebridge Community Centre & Development Trust. The Fund supports community projects benefiting residents of Johnstone, Templand and Kirkpatrick Juxta, geographically defined by community council boundaries.

An Advisory Panel of local community councillors and other individuals with local knowledge and interests decides on awards from the Fund.

The annual index linked fund is a minimum of £50,000 per year, starting in 2018.

For more information, please read the Fund Factsheet.


Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

Applications are expected to address one or more of the following outcomes (or changes for the community):

  • Enhance the quality of life for local residents

  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities 

  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity

  • Support sustainable community assets, including capital assets (like land and buildings), community enterprises, local exchange systems, people’s skills and abilities, culture and the local environment

  • Provide a safe and pleasant place to live

  • Help people into work

  • Improve local transport

Making A Difference

As well as demonstrating a fit with at least one of the outcomes above, priority for grants can be given to projects that demonstrate the following additional criteria:

Leverage or match funding: That the applicant is seeking to secure match funding for the project (from local fundraising activity or other sources) and/or can demonstrate what other funding may be secured as a result of implementing this particular project.

Local procurement: That local suppliers of goods and services will be used, where appropriate (e.g., in terms of quality of products / services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). The definition of ‘local’ will vary depending on the goods/services in question. In some cases it could be taken to mean within the Area of Benefit but in others Dumfries and Galloway or the South of Scotland might be most appropriate.

Sustainability: That organisations can demonstrate their intention for the project to become sustainable in the future without the need to rely on grant funding.

Building capacity locally: That the applicant has considered whether the project provides opportunities to build the skills and knowledge of group members or other local people connected with the project. This could be through formal or informal learning activity, e.g. through some form of mentoring activity, peer support or buddying scheme and/or any other learning opportunity that could be created through the project.

Partnership working: Where appropriate, that the applicant has considered whether delivering their project in partnership with other organisations / groups will add value (financial, capability, or other). This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national level.


Awards cannot support the following types of activity:

  • The advancement of religion or party politics.

  • Activities understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities.

  • Activities contrary to the interests of Minnygap Energy Limited or its affiliates.

  • Activities likely to bring Foundation Scotland, Johnstonebridge Centre and Community Development Trust, or Minnygap Energy Limited or its affiliates into disrepute. 

  • Anti-renewable energy/wind farm activities.

  • Retrospective funding (i.e. paying for costs incurred before a decision on an application for support from the Fund can be made).

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts.

  • Activities which benefit solely flora or fauna


The next application deadlines for the main fund are:

Application Deadline

For a decision in:

Friday 15th May 2020

July 2020

Friday 13th November 2020

January 2021

How to Apply

Please ensure you read the Fund Factsheet before applying.

For grants under £500, please apply by downloading the small grant application form.

For grants of £501-£10,000, pleasy apply online or by downloading the standard grant application form.

We welcome pre-application enquiries. For more information about the Fund email Foundation Scotland on or call 01557 814927.



Latest Grants

Templand & District Community Council

  • To contribute to the running costs of Templand Village Hall during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Amount Awarded £500.00

Beattock Hall Committee

  • To contribute to hall running costs, in particular Insurance, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Amount Awarded: £500.00

Beattock Lunch Club     

  • To pay for a summer bus trip for local residents.
  • Amount Awarded:          £250.00

Beattock Primary Parent Council            

  • To purchase Lego equipment to improve resources available to the school's extra-curricular STEM Club and for use at open learning events.
  • Amount Awarded:          £260.00

Beattock SWI    

  • To pay for community transport membership and contribute to the costs of annual trips for members.  
  • Amount Awarded:          £300.00

Johnstone Community Council (Dumfries & Galloway)    

  • To contribute to costs of the Community Council's Resilience Team to support those vulnerable or in isolation during COVID 19.        
  • Amount Awarded:          £500.00

Beattock Hall Committee           

  • To contribute to the expenses for the hall during its closure.             
  • Amount Awarded:          £500.00
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