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Blackford Community Fund

Grant size Up to £1,500
Area
Perth and Kinross
Key dates  
Application deadline: 31/07/21
Decisions: End September

About this fund

The Blackford Community Fund is a charitable fund to benefit residents of the Blackford Community Council area in Perth & Kinross local authority. The fund has been created with a donation by Ochil Developments (the developer of the G West development near Blackford) to Blackford Community Council, and community benefit funds provided by EDF Renewables, owner of the Burnfoot Hill, Burnfoot North and Rhodders wind farms. The fund is intended to be a lasting resource for the community of Blackford.

Purpose of this fund

The fund's purpose is to support community groups and charities working in the Blackford Community Council area. By providing grants to such groups, it aims to:

  • Promote community spirit and bring people together.
  • Enhance the quality of life and promote people’s well-being.
  • Foster a vibrant, sustainable community. 

The fund can support a wide variety of groups and projects. 

Additional criteria

Applications that will benefit older residents of the community will be particularly welcome.  

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.  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 in Blackford 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 a clear benefit for residents within the fund area.

What can’t be funded?

Information on what the fund cannot support is provided here.  

Additionally, the fund cannot support:

  • Anti-wind farm or anti-renewable energy activities, including activities contrary to the interests of EDF Renewables;
  • Activities that bring Ochil Developments, EDF Renewables or Foundation Scotland into disrepute.

How are decisions made?

A Community Panel made up of people who live, work, or volunteer in the area makes recommendations on grant awards from the fund. The Panel advises on overall fund strategy and is governed by Terms of Reference.

The Panel of up to eight members includes a mixture of community councillors and other members of the community:

  • One representative is appointed by Ochil Development. 
  • One member of the Blackford Community Council, appointed by the Community Council.
  • Five members were elected by public ballot from within the community (not more than two of these may be members of Blackford Community Council).

Opportunities to become a Panel member are openly advertised when these arise, both locally and on this website, and are selected through a fair and transparent process. 

The current Panel is:

  • Andrew Sinclair (Chair)
  • Allan King (Ochil Development rep)
  • Irene McLaughlan (CC Rep)
  • Stuart Laing
  • Gillian Brown
  • Iain Paton
  • Bethan Benwell
  • Ann Gaunt

The Panel meets twice each year, in May and September.

More information about the decision-making process can be found here.

Frequently asked questions

  • How many grants can I apply for?

    Eligible groups may apply for more than one grant per year from the fund.

  • Can I apply for more than the normal maximum grant amount?

    Applications for more than £1,500 will be considered where exceptional need and impact to the community of Blackford can be demonstrated. Those wishing to apply for more than £1,500 are advised to call the Fund Co-ordinator (contact details below) to discuss their application before submitting. 

How to apply

Complete our simple online application form. If you have any problems accessing the online form, please email grants@foundationscotland.org.uk or call 0131 524 0324 and we can help.

Contact information

Contact name

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager

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