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Barr Community Fund

Grant size Up to £25,000
South Ayrshire
Key dates  
Application deadline: 20/10/23
Decision due: Mid January 2024
Application Deadline: 12/01/24
Decision due: Early April 2024
Application Deadline: 12/04/24
Decision Due: Early July 2024
Application Deadline: 12/07/24
Decision Due: Early October 2024
Application Deadline: 18/10/24
Decision Due: Mid January 2025

About this fund

The Barr Community Fund is funded by SSE community benefit funding from the Hadyard Hill wind farm in South Ayrshire and Renantis from its Assel Valley wind farm also in South Ayrshire. The fund supports projects located within or directly benefiting the community area of Barr.

The fund has been established by Barr Community Council, with the aspiration that both the funds benefitting the Barr area can be administrated through this single structure.

Grant Sizes

  • Standard grants between £500 and £10,000
  • Large grants over £10,000 and up to £25,000

Purpose of this fund

The fund supports projects located within or directly benefiting Barr, South Ayrshire. Applications must benefit the community, which is geographically defined by the community council boundaries.

Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc.

Who can apply?

Your group/organisation must meet our standard eligibility criteria. You don’t need to be registered charity to apply.

What can’t be funded?

Information on what the fund cannot support is provided here.

How are decisions made?

The Barr Community Fund Advisory Panel makes recommendations on awards from the fund. The Panel is governed by a Terms of Reference developed and agreed between community representatives and Foundation Scotland and is reviewed from time to time.

The Panel comprises people who live in the area and comprises members appointed by Barr Community Council and through a process of public advertising and recruitment.

You do not need any special skills or experience, just a commitment to securing the best future for your community.  Applicants should live or work within the Barr Community Council area.   The Panel meets four times per year to make decisions on applications to the fund.

The current Panel is:

  • Isabel Kay
  • Maggie Bunnett (Community Councillor)
  • Hamish Denham (Community Councillor)
  • Dave Sherry
  • Isobel Ringrose
  • Bob Muir
  • Liz McKechnie
  • Liz Copeland

Minutes from recent meetings can be found in the Useful links section below. Minutes from previous meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Adviser (please see details below). 

Frequently asked questions

  • How many grants can I apply for?

    Eligible groups may apply for more than one grant per year from the Fund. Grants can be multi-year in nature, usually for no more than three years.

How to apply

You can apply to this fund online here. Two levels of award are normally available for activities that benefit the local community. The amount and type of information required from applicants differ depending on the size of the application being made. Standard grants £500 - £10,000.

For large grants over £10,000 this is a two-stage application process. An initial grant enquiry form must be completed. The Panel will review the enquiry and agree on whether to invite a full application to future rounds. A small grant scheme for awards up to £500 is also available and administrated by Barr Community Council. Please contact your Community Council directly for further details.

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 01557 814927 and we can help.

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

For criteria and fund priority enquiries

Linda West

Useful links