IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber


 MP welcomes funding boost for local charity


Local MP, Ian Blackford has welcomed grant funding to a local mental health charity in Ardnamurchan, the announcement coming on the same week as World Mental Health Day.

Each year, the Corra Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities. Ewen’s Room, which is based in Ardnamurchan, has been awarded a grant of £3,000 towards the cost of its work in counselling for young people.

The Corra foundation has 30 years of experience contributing to improving the lives of individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage all across Scotland. The organisation has given out over £138 million in grants and made over 15,000 awards to charities.

This Ian Blackford believes is particularly important as the sustained push continues to shine a light on mental health issues throughout society 


Commenting, he said:

“I am delighted this grassroots charity is receiving these funds, enabling them to continue their great work in my constituency. Many of the Corra Foundation Henry Duncan Grants go on staff and running costs like this, meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.”

“I highlighted the marking of World Mental Health Day in Parliament this week. It really is reassuring to be reminded of local charities like Ewans Room in Ardnamurchan, and funding streams like The Corra foundation, who do simply invaluable work in supporting vulnerable people throughout our society”  


Corra Foundation Chief Executive Fiona Duncan added:

“Corra Foundation is privileged to be able to contribute to the work of local groups across Scotland, supporting them as they make a real difference in the lives of many people, including vulnerable children and young people, isolated older people, unpaid carers, families experiencing poverty and people affected by disability or mental health issues. We are committed to our vision of a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives and distributing £1m a year via the Henry Duncan Grants is part of this.”


Applications can be made every two months to the Henry Duncan Grants. If charities are interested in applying they can find out more on the Corra Foundation website or by calling Corra Foundation on 0131 444 4020.