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Blackridge Community Fund

Grant size Up to £4,000
Area
West Lothian
Key dates  
Application deadline: 23/09/21
Application deadline: 20/12/21

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.

Additional criteria

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 three years. 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).  Applicants are encouraged to liaise with the Community Council when planning projects and activities.

Any outstanding feedback reports from previous grants need to have been received by Foundation Scotland before further grants are paid.

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 towards minor building repairs or alterations may be exempt, 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 in Blackridge 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.

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 community, makes decisions on grant awards from the fund. The Panel advises on overall fund strategy and is governed by Terms of Reference. The Panel typically meets 3-4 times a year. 

More information on the award making process is available here.  

The Panel can have up to seven members, including two representatives from Blackridge Community Council and up to five other community members. Each Panel member from the wider community typically serves a minimum of one and a maximum of three years, with members retiring or re-appointed 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.   

There are currently vacancies on the Panel - if you are a Blackridge resident and would like to get involved, please contact malcolm@foundationscotland.org.uk for more information.   

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I apply for less than £500?

    Groups with a constitution (including the Community Council) can apply at any time to Foundation Scotland for a grant of up to £500. Please use the online micro-grant application form below.  

    Non-Constituted groups, and individuals, can also apply for a micro-grant of up to £500 - however, the project MUST be discussed with Blackridge Community Council first, who may apply to the Blackridge Community Fund on behalf of the group or individual. Alternatively, the Community Council may direct the individual or group to a more suitable local organisation that could apply for the microgrant on their behalf.  

  • What happens after I have submitted the application?

    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.

  • I live in Blackridge and I'm seeking an Education & Training Fund Grant – how do I apply?

    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 on the fund page, or visit the Facebook page for additional information.

How to apply

Please complete an online application form below, choosing from standard or micro-grant forms. If you have any problems accessing the forms, please email grants@foundationscotland.org.uk or call 0131 524 0324, and we can help.

Contact information

Contact name

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager

Useful links

Fund news

Fund case studies

Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Blackridge Community Fund and related outcomes.  This includes a £4,000 grant to Blackridge Primary School to purchase a container to securely and efficiently store outdoor resources and equipment.  The new storage space has also enabled the group to convert part of the hard, tarmac surface to a loose play grassy area containing tyres, ropes and various other stimulating activities  

"There are have several children who exhibit challenging behaviour. Being outdoors engaged in purposeful play extends their imagination and gives them ownership over their own learning which is particularly beneficial to these children". Blackridge Primary Parent Council

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