EDF Renewables Burnhead Moss Wind Farm Community Fund (Avonbridge and Standburn)
|Grant size||Up to £3,000|
|Application deadline:||Applications can be submitted at any time.|
About this fund
The EDF Renewables Burnhead Moss Wind Farm (Avonbridge and Standburn) Community Fund supports community projects benefiting those living in Avonbridge and Standburn. The fund is provided by EDF Renewables, the owners of the Burnhead Moss Wind Farm.
The fund began in 2016. An annual amount of £34,666, inflation-adjusted, will be paid into the fund for Avonbridge & Standburn each year for the wind farm's operating life. Any balances from previous years accumulate within the fund.
EDF Renewables also provides community funds from the Burnhead Moss Wind Farm to the neighbouring communities of Limerigg & Slamannan and Blackridge, and into the Burnhead Moss Education & Training Fund (BMET). See useful links, below.
Grant size: £150 - £3,000
Purpose of this fund
The fund provides grants to support charitable activities that:
- Enhance 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, for example the costs of 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 £3,000, and that there is significant community support for the project you propose, then Foundation Scotland 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 apply without speaking with Foundation Scotland first.
Applicants are encouraged to refer to the local Community Action Plan (see Useful Links, below).
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. 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 Avonbridge and Standburn 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 EDF Renewables or Foundation Scotland into disrepute.
How are decisions made?
Foundation Scotland will assess and decide the outcome of your application within eight weeks.
If your grant request is for less than £150 you can apply for a Micro Grant administered by Avonbridge & Standburn Community Council – see Useful Links, below.
The scheme can award small grants in response to requests from individuals or unconstituted or constituted groups. Awards must be charitable and will be made on merit and at the sole discretion of the Community Council.
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.
I am a resident of Avonbridge & Standburn 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 here.
Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager
- Avonbridge and Standburn Community Council
- Avonbridge and Standburn Community plan
- Avonbridge to Braes High School Route Feasibility Study
- For advice on applying visit Help for applicants
- For advice on running your group or project contact your local Third Sector Interface: CVS Falkirk
- The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) provides a range of useful resources for setting-up a voluntary organisation or running your organisation. It also helps organisations develop their digital potential.
- Other Burnhead Moss Funds