Falck Auchrobert Wind Farm Community Fund
|Grant size||Up to £5,000|
|Application deadlines:||2022 date TBC|
About this fund
The Auchrobert Wind Farm Community Fund supports community projects benefitting those living in Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill and Boghead. The fund is provided by Falck Renewables, the owners of Auchrobert Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire.
The fund opened in 2017. An annual amount of £54,000, 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. In 2020 the contribution to the fund was £ £58,748.
Grant size: £500 - £5,000
Purpose of this fund
The fund provides grants to support a wide range of community activity and development that are broadly charitable. All projects must clearly be benefitting those who live within the area of benefit.
Grants may support a wide range of costs, for example the costs of equipment, staff or sessional workers, consultations, running costs for local groups, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities and more.
Match funding: Grants can cover 100% of project costs but applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding for part of the cost. This might include applicants raising some funds through their own fundraising activities or contribute from existing reserves. The Fund should not displace funding that could be obtained from other sources but should be used to support applications to other funders where possible.
Local procurement: Local suppliers are favoured for the provision of goods and services where appropriate and available. ‘Local’ will vary depending on the nature and availability of the goods or service in question.
Care for our environment: Applicants are asked to consider how they minimise the environmental impact of projects and reduce their ‘carbon footprint’.
Local consultation: Applicants should show that they have consulted an appropriate number of the intended beneficiaries of the project and can demonstrate local support for the proposal.
Partnership working: Applicants should show they have considered the benefits of delivering their project in partnership with other organisations. This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at local, regional or national level.
There is a limit of one application per year from any group or organisation, however, that application may include costs towards several different projects.
Applications for grants above the maximum stated above may be considered where the applicant demonstrates a significant impact. If you wish to apply for more than the maximum stated above, please contact the Fund Coordinator (see below) to discuss your proposed project before completing the application.
If you are applying for a grant towards the costs of a new community building or improvements to an existing one (including but not limited to specific energy-saving measures) we expect you to have taken advice from Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service. The process takes about 2-4 weeks as long as you can provide them with the information they ask for. Their support is completely impartial and free to community groups and charities in Scotland. This will help you identify the most cost-effective energy-saving measures for your building. Applications for minor repairs or alterations may be exempt from this requirement, if in doubt please contact the fund contact below.
In addition, Zero Waste Scotland can provide access to zero-interest loans with cashback grants for some energy-saving measures/technologies. We expect you to explore whether your group and project are eligible for this funding before applying to Foundation Scotland. Please visit our Energy Efficient Communities help for applicants page for more information.
Who can apply?
Groups and organisations working to benefit people resident in Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill and Boghead can apply. You don’t need to be a registered charity to apply, but your group/organisation must meet our standard eligibility criteria.
Applications from groups/organisations located out with the fund area will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must demonstrate 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?
A Community Panel, made up of people who live, work or volunteer in the four communities, makes recommendations on grant awards from the Fund. The Panel advises on overall Fund strategy, and is governed by Terms of Reference.
The Panel is made up of volunteers drawn from the local community, including representatives of Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Coordination Group; Boghead Community Group and Thornton Road Community Centre Association.
Minutes of latest Panel meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Coordinator. Contact details can be found below.
More information on the award making process is available here.
Smaller grants up to £500 are available under microgrant schemes operated by the Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Coordination Group. Applications are by a simple application form and decisions are made on a rolling basis. Please contact the Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Coordination group directly for further details (see ‘useful links’ below).
Useful links, Community Funds Coordinator
- Help for applicants
- Thornton Road Community Centre
- Boghead Community Group
- For advice on running your group or project contact your local Third Sector Interface: Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLAN)
- The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) provides a range of useful resources for setting-up a voluntary organisation or running your organisation. It also helps organisations develop their digital potential.
- The Fund is provided by Falck Renewables.
Fund case studies
Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Falck Auchrobert Wind Farm Community Fund.
This includes a recent grant to give the Kirkmuirhill and Blackwood Men’s Shed wider access to their workshop after costs were met for installing electricity for lighting and power tools.