Blackridge Community Fund
|Grant size||Up to £4,000|
About this fund
The Blackridge Community Fund supports community projects benefiting those living in the Blackridge community council area. The Fund is a vehicle through which several different funds are administered, including those provided by:
- Gresham House, the owners of Torrance Wind Farm.
- Arevon Energy, the owners of Harthill Wind Ltd (Torrance Extension Wind Farm).
- EDF Renewables, the owners of the Burnhead Moss Wind Farm.
An annual amount of £46,000, inflation-adjusted, will be paid into the Fund each year for the wind farms' operating life.
Grant size available: £500 - £4,000
EDF Renewables also provides community funds from the Burnhead Moss Wind Farm to the neighbouring communities of Limerigg & Slamannan and Avonbridge & Standburn, and into the Burnhead Moss Education & Training Fund (BMET). See the Useful links section below for further information.
Purpose of this fund
The fund provides grants to support charitable activities that:
- Enhance the quality of life for local residents.
- Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities.
- Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.
Grants may support a wide range of costs, such as equipment, staff or sessional workers, consultations, running costs for local groups, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities, and so on.
If you can demonstrate why you need a grant amount that is higher than £4,000, and that there is significant community support for the project you propose, then the Fund may be able to consider your request. If you think this applies to your project, please contact Foundation Scotland for an initial discussion (contact details below). We will be able to give you tailored advice before you complete an application form. Please do not complete an application without speaking with Foundation Scotland first.
Applicants may request support for recurring costs over a three-year period. In these circumstances, the maximum award level is £10,000.
Projects should be well planned, taking a strategic approach where possible. Applicants are encouraged to refer to the local Community Action Plan (see Useful Links, below).
Any outstanding feedback reports from previous grants need to have been received by Foundation Scotland before further grants are paid.
Who can apply?
Groups and organisations working to benefit people in Blackridge can apply. You don’t need to be 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.
Foundation Scotland and the Panel recognise that some community activity is organised by groups that are more informal without formal governance arrangements (such as a constitution) in place. We can help such groups see if they can work in partnership with other local groups to make an application.
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 the companies contributing to the Fund;
- Activities that bring any of the companies contributing to the Fund or Foundation Scotland into disrepute.
How are decisions made?
A Community Panel comprises people who live, work or volunteer in the four communities, making recommendations on grant awards from the Fund. The Panel advises on overall Fund strategy and is governed by Terms of Reference.
The Panel currently has five members, including two Blackridge Community Council reps and three other community members. The panel has two vacancies for members from the wider community. Please see the contact the Community Fund Coordinator for more information on these.
Each Panel member of the wider community typically serves a minimum of one and a maximum of three years, with members retiring on a phased basis to ensure knowledge and expertise are retained. Opportunities to become a Panel member are advertised locally and on this website and are selected through a fair and transparent process.
Previous Panel members may stand again.
The current Panel is:
- Billy Craig, Blackridge Community resident
- Clare Gregor Blackridge Community resident
- Gavin MacDonald Blackridge Community resident
- Kate Strachan Blackridge Community Council rep
- Andrew Valentini Blackridge Community Council rep
The Panel meets four times a year. There are currently two vacant Community resident places.
More information on the award making process is available here.
Constituted groups including the Community Council can apply at any time to Foundation Scotland for a grant of up to £500.
Non-Constituted groups and individuals can also apply for a micro grant of up to £500 - however you must discuss your project idea with the Community Council first, who will apply to the Blackridge Community fund on your behalf. Alternatively, they may direct you to a more suitable local organisation who could apply for the micro grant on your behalf.
Foundation Scotland will endeavour to consider applications for less than £500 within 21 days. Payment timescales will be dependent on submission of a Grant Acceptance form from the nominated Constituted group.
We will check your application has been submitted with the necessary information. We aim to contact you as soon as possible if there is anything missing or if you are ineligible to apply.
An assessor will usually contact you to arrange a short telephone conversation to learn more about your project and request for funding. If you will be unavailable for any significant period between the submission deadline and notification date, please include a note to that effect in a covering letter. You will typically be informed of an outcome in writing by email within two weeks of the Panel decision-making meeting.
Individuals can apply to the separate Burnhead Moss Education and Training (BMET) Fund. For more information about the BMET Fund, and how to get support from the local outreach worker, click here www.BMETFund.org.uk or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BMETFUND.
Eimear Cassidy, Community Funds Coordinator
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