EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund (Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon)
|Grant size||Up to £5,000|
About this fund
This fund supports not-for-profit groups providing charitable activities that benefit people living in the community council area of Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon. It is part of EDF Renewable Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund, provided by EDF Renewables, the company that owns and operates the Corriemoillie Wind Farm in Ross-shire.
Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund (Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon) was established in 2016 with an initial donation of £9,690. Donations rise each year in line with the Consumer Price Index. When it launched in November 2019, the fund had accrued £29,283.
Purpose of this fund
The fund will provide grants to not-for profit groups to support charitable activities in Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon that:
- Enhance quality of life for local residents
- Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities
- Promote community spirit and encourage community activity
Priorities for the fund are projects that:
- Enhance community facilities and physical assets
- Build skills, knowledge and understanding among groups delivering projects and people benefiting from projects
- Address issues of rural isolation
- Can evidence widespread support from the local community
- Take a creative approach to meeting the needs of the local community
- Create opportunities for all to get involved
- Source goods and services locally where appropriate
Both revenue items (e.g. running costs), and capital items (e.g. to buy equipment) can be funded. The Panel prefer that awards result in additional activity, i.e. are not used primarily to maintain existing activity.
The Panel will revisit the fund aims and priorities periodically, and may make changes to these taking into account any changes in local needs and aspirations.
Who can apply?
Groups and organisations working to benefit people living in Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon Community Council area can apply for a grant. Your group or organisation must have a constitution (governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not-for-profit basis. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply.
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.
How are decisions made?
Recommendations on grant awards are made by a Panel of local representatives drawn from the Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon area. The Panel also guides the overall strategy for the fund.
Membership of the Panel includes two nominees of Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon Community Council and up to eight other local residents – the opportunity to become one of these Panel members is openly advertised and appointments are made on a fair and transparent basis.
Current Panel members are:
- Christine MacKintosh
- Cormac Seekings
- Sandra Riach
- Isabel Grant
- Joe McQuillan
- Malcolm Sutherland
Foundation Scotland will assess your application, including how it meets with the above criteria, and provide a report to the Panel who will decide on your application. The Panel normally meet around six to seven weeks after each application deadline, in March and September.
Minutes of latest Panel meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Coordinator. Contact details can be found below.
More information on the award making process is available here.
Eligible groups may apply for more than one grant per year from the fund.
Applications for more than £5,000 will be considered where exceptional need and impact can be demonstrated. This might be, for example, an application towards the refurbishment of a community facility that is used by a range of groups, or towards a project that provides long term benefit to disadvantaged people and/or to residents of more than one community. Those wishing to apply for more than £5,000 are advised to call the Fund Coordinator (contact details below) to discuss their application before submitting.
Marion McDonald, Community Funds Coordinator
- Help for applicants
- For advice on running your group or project contact Third Sector Interface Highland
- EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Education & Training Fund
- EDF Renewables
- Other Corriemoillie Funds
Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund (Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon).
This includes Fyrish Gymnastics Club in Alness who received funding to run gymnastic classes in the local area.