The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 to support charitable work throughout Britain.
Since 2014 The National Library of Wales has submitted yearly requests to the Foundation for sponsorship to support educational projects and Outreach activities. The grants have assisted the Library in meeting its commitments, including supporting Welsh Government programmes and initiatives.
A unique video project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Wales's most famous Great War poet, Ellis Humphrey Evans, was beamed onto the National Library of Wales building in the week of Armistice Day after receiving backing from the ScottishPower Foundation.
During 2017 ScottishPower Foundation sponsored Outreach workshops on the life and work of Hedd Wyn for primary school pupils. As part of the project, In Character theatre company was commissioned to produce a ‘one man’ show to support the workshops, and a replica of the poet’s winning ode, Yr Arwr, was produced by the National Library to be exhibited during the sessions. A series of these workshops were delivered at Yr Ysgwrn, where Hedd Wyn was born and where he was a shepherd for most of his adult life, until having to join the army in January 1917.
The Education Service worked with Ysgol Dolbadarn in Llanberis to arrange a Masterpiece in School workshop in October 2016. With the support of ScottishPower Foundation, one of the National Library’s most valuable pictures, Dolbadarn Castle by J.M.W. Turner, was transported to the primary school in Llanberis. Year 6 pupils and Year 12 students from Ysgol Brynrefail, a nearby secondary school, were tutored on how to create a landscape in the presence of the original painting by Dylan Roberts, a local artist. During the afternoon the pupils visited Dolbadarn Castle to draw the views that William Turner would have painted during his visit to the area in 1799.