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Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company

Grant size Up to £20,000
Dumfries and Galloway
Key dates  
Board Meeting: 12/05/22
Application deadline: 05/08/22
Board Meeting: 06/10/22
Application deadline: 02/12/22
Board Meeting: 02/02/23

About this fund

Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC) is funded by the Scottish Power Renewables community benefit fund for Harestanes Windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway.  The fund primarily supports community projects located within or directly benefiting one or more of 42 community council areas in Annandale and Nithsdale as detailed below. 

  • East - Lockerbie, Kirkmichael, Eskdalemuir, Moffat, Kirkpatrick-Juxta, Johnstone, Templand, Lochmaben & District, North Milk and Wamphray.
  • South - Dalton & Carrutherstown, Heathhall, Royal Four Towns Holywood/Newbridge, Irongray, Georgetown, Tinwald, Lochside and Woodlands, Loreburn, Terregles, Torthorwald, Troqueer, Mouswald, Corrberry and Laurieknowe, Kingholm Quay, Lincluden, Locharbriggs, Ryedale, St. Michaels, Summerville and Stakeford.
  • West - Auldgirth, Carronbridge, Closeburn, Dunscore, Glencairn, Keir, Kirkmahoe, Penpont, Thornhill, Tynron, Durisdeer and Ae.

ANCBC is a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary board of up to twelve directors elected from the membership. Each of the community councils nominates members. For more information visit the ANCBC website. A copy of the fund annual report is available from the Useful links section below. Copies of previous reports are available on request from the Community Fund Coordinator (contact details can be found below).

The fund began grantmaking in 2015. It is anticipated that an annual amount of £300,000, index-linked, will be paid into the fund for the windfarm's operating life. In 2020, the annual contribution to the fund was just over £343,000. A Community Council local grant scheme is also available and is administered directly by community councils. Please contact your community council directly for further details on local grants. If your area does not have a community council, please apply to the main fund.

There are two grant sizes available:

  • Small grants from £500 to £5,000 
  • Large grants from £5,001 to £20,000

Purpose of this fund

ANCBC will support charitable activities that support the rural regeneration and sustainability of communities within the area of benefit. Applications that address any of the following issues are particularly welcomed:

  • Community facilities, services, transport, open spaces affordable housing, community development, reduction of poverty and care of the elderly
  • Community or local events
  • Environmental projects - including climate change reduction and progress towards net-zero carbon emissions
  • Heritage
  • Enterprise to generate, skills, employment, tourism, reducing poverty, isolation and disadvantage, improving rural business opportunities, building the capacity of community and voluntary organisations, supporting innovation and social enterprise
  • Sport, recreation and improving the health and wellbeing of residents
  • Youth and education, providing training opportunities and support for vulnerable youngsters
  • Promoting care and support of vulnerable people; improving community safety, minimising isolation and maximising wellbeing

Grant requests to support a wide range of costs and activities will be considered, such as equipment, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities and capital costs to purchase or develop community assets.

Additional criteria

Awards can be multi-year in nature, up to a maximum of 3 years. The total amount requested per project over the years should not exceed £20,000. Projects should be distinct in nature.

Match funding requirements. Other possible funding sources for the project must have been explored. This might include applicants raising some funds through their own fundraising efforts. The fund should not displace funding that could be obtained from other sources but should help lever-in additional funds if possible. Additionally, it should not reduce community-based groups’ commitment to organising local activities that contribute to a vibrant community calendar and promote community spirit. Applicants should demonstrate that a percentage of the total project cost will be sourced from other funding sources, including the applicant organisation itself, which might be in a position to contribute to the project cost.

  • For grants from £500 to £2,000, no match funding is required.
  • For grants from £2,001 to £5,000, a minimum of 25% match funding is required.
  • For grants from £5,001 to £20,000, a minimum of 50% match funding is required.

Local procurement. That local suppliers will be used for the provision of goods and services, where appropriate. ‘Local’ will vary depending on the nature and availability of the item/service in question. In some cases, it could be taken to mean within Annandale or Nithsdale and the surrounding area, but in others, Dumfries and Galloway or indeed the South of Scotland might be most appropriate. To read more visit Evidencing value for money page.

Care for our environment. That consideration has been given to minimising the environmental impact of projects and reducing the applicant organisation’s ‘carbon footprint’. 

Local consultation. That the organisation has consulted an appropriate number of the intended beneficiaries of the project and can demonstrate local support for the proposal.

Partnership working. That the organisation has considered whether delivering the 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. 

Who can apply?

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in any of the eligible communities can apply. Your group/organisation must meet our standard eligibility criteria. You don’t need to be a registered charity to apply.

Please note that not all Annandale and Nithsdale areas are eligible to apply. If you are not sure of the community council area/s for your project, please contact us directly to discuss your geographic eligibility. Applications from groups/organisations located out with the fund area will be considered on a case-by-case basis. They must demonstrate a clear benefit for residents within the fund area. 

What can’t be funded?

Information on what the fund cannot support is provided here.

How are decisions made?

Each of the community councils nominates members with between one and four directors from each of the areas nominated as East, South and West. The main fund operates three rounds per year. More information about ANCBC, including minutes of Board meetings, can be found on the ANCBC website.

Current Board members:

East South West
David Booth – Moffat (Chair) Rory MacKail – Dalton & Carrutherstown Alistair McFadzean – Dunscore
Helen Haggart – Lockerbie (Treasurer)   Moira McCrossan – Glencairn
David Roulston - Kirkmichael   Robert Gladstone – Keir (Vice-Chair)
    Alice Stilgoe - Penpont

Table displaying current board members for the East, South and West. 

Frequently asked questions

  • How many grants can I apply for?

    More than one application can be made per year, but the Board will not prioritise further applications where an award has already been granted in that year.

How to apply

You can apply online or download the application forms below. Please send completed applications and supporting documents by the deadline to

If you require any additional support call 01557 814927, and we can help.

Contact information

Contact name

Sam Bramwell, Community Funds Adviser

Fund news

Fund case studies

Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.

This includes funding for Mossburn Community Farm to extend their "Learning with horses" programme for people suffering from issues including mental and physical disabilities.

View case studies
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