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Carcant Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund (Moorfoot)

Grant size Up to £1,500
Key dates There is no grant funding round in 2021, but microgrants remain available. See below.

About this fund

The Carcant Wind Farm Community Fund (Moorfoot) supports community projects benefiting those living in the Moorfoot Community Council area in Midlothian. The fund is provided by Greencoat UK Wind, the owners of the nearby Carcant Wind Farm. 

The fund originally opened in 2010; Foundation Scotland began administering it again in 2019. An annual amount of £4,200, inflation-adjusted, will be paid into the fund each year for the wind farm's operating life, which is expected to be 25 years.

Grant size: £150 - £1,500


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, such as equipment, staff or sessional workers, consultations, running costs for local groups, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities, and so on.

Additional criteria

Applications that contribute towards the themes and key areas identified in the Moorfoot Neighbourhood Plan will be particularly welcomed. 

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 the Moorfoot area 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.

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 Greencoat UK Wind, or any of their holding companies, subsidiaries or sister companies (as defined under the Companies Act 2006);
  • Activities that bring Greencoat UK Wind, or any of their holding companies, subsidiaries or sister companies (as defined under the Companies Act 2006) 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 the overall Fund strategy and is governed by Terms of Reference.

The panel of up to seven members includes a mixture of community councillors and other members of the community:

  • Up to two community council representatives are appointed directly by the community council. 
  • One each from the management committees for the three village halls in the area.
  • Up to two ‘wider community’ representatives were selected through an open and transparent process. 

Each Panel member 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 openly advertised, both locally and on this website.

Minutes of the latest Panel meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Coordinator. Contact details can be found below.

Frequently asked questions

  • What if my project needs less than the minimum grant amount?

    If your grant request is for less than £150 you can apply for a Micro Grant administered by the Community Council – see Useful links, below. 

  • Why is there no grant application Round in 2021?

    There is usually one funding round per year, with a deadline date in May. However, there will be no funding round in 2021, following the Community Panel’s decision to provide urgent grants to Carrington, Middleton and Temple Village Hall committees to aid their financial resilience in the face of significant loss of income caused by the Covid-19 situation.  Microgrants remain available from Moorfoot Community Council – see Useful links, below.

  • When must grants be spent by?

    Grants must normally be spent within one year of being awarded. 

How to appply

Complete the online application form.  If you have any problems accessing the form, please email or call 0131 524 0324 and we can help.

Contact information

Contact name

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager

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