Skip to main content

Renantis Auchrobert Wind Farm Community Fund

Grant size Up to £25,000
South Lanarkshire
Key dates  
Application deadline: 23/04/24
Panel meeting : 25/06/24
Application deadline: 02/07/24
Panel meeting: 03/09/24
Application deadline: 01/10/24
Panel meeting: 03/12/24

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 Renantis, 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. 

Grant size: £500 - £25,000

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.

Additional criteria

Match funding: Grants can cover 100% of project costs up to £5,000. Applications for project costs over £5,000 will require 50% match funding. This might include applicants raising some funds through their own fundraising activities or contributing 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. 

Organisations may make more than one application per year. When considering several requests from the same organisation during a year, evidence of “track” record of delivery of previously funded projects from the fund will be considered as part of the decision-making process. 

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 Community Funds Adviser (see below) to discuss your proposed project before completing the application. 

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 benefits 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 the latest Panel meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Adviser. Contact details can be found below.

More information on the award making process is available here.

Frequently asked questions

  • What if my project needs less than the minimum grant amount?

    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).

How to apply

Complete our online application form.

If you would like to review the questions you will be asked to answer before starting the form, you can see them here.

If you have any problems accessing the form, please email or call 0131 524 0300 and we can help.

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

For criteria and fund priority enquiries

Mary Travers, Community Funds Adviser

Featured case studies