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EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund (Strathpeffer)

Grant size Up to £3,000
Area
Highland
Key dates  
Application deadline: 15/03/21
Application deadline: 13/09/21

About this fund

This Fund supports not-for-profit groups providing charitable activities that benefit people living in the community council area of Strathpeffer. It is part of EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund provided by EDF Renewables, the company that owns and operates the Corriemoillie Wind Farm in Ross-shire.  

The Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund (Strathpeffer) was established in 2016 with an initial donation of £13,566. Donations rise each year in line with the Consumer Price Index. 
 

Purpose of this fund

The Fund will provide grants to community groups to support charitable activities that will support positive change and strategic impact. Specifically, it will support projects that:

  • Enhance quality of life for local residents
  • Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities
  • Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Applicants should refer to the Strathpeffer Community Action Plan 2019–2024 and demonstrate how their project relates to the main themes in that plan: 

  • sharing and connecting
  • visitors staying longer and 
  • an even better place to live.  

Both revenue items (e.g. running costs), and capital items (e.g. to buy some equipment) can be supported. The Panel would prefer that awards made from the Fund result in additional activity taking place and are not used primarily to maintain existing activity.
 

Who can apply?

Groups and organisations working to benefit people living in Strathpeffer 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 from the Strathpeffer area. The Panel also guides the overall strategy for the Fund. 

Foundation Scotland has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Strathpeffer Community Council regarding the Fund.  Under this Memorandum, the Community Council has the right to nominate the members of the Community Council to fill the role of Panel members, and this is what the Community Council has chosen to do. Therefore, all members of Strathpeffer Community Council are also members of the Panel. 

Current Panel member are:

  • Archie Macnab
  • Ron McAulay
  • Val Macgregor
  • Peter MacLellan
  • Gail MacLean
  • Duncan MacPhail
  • Neil Moscrop

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 April and November. 

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.

Frequently asked questions

  • How many grants can I apply for?

    Eligible groups may apply for more than one grant per year from the Fund.

  • Can I apply for/receive a grant before the Panel is due to meet?

    Short notice applications (requesting a grant outside the Fund’s normal timescales) may be considered by the Panel where the following criteria are met: there is a pressing and unforeseen deadline for the expenditure; there is a clear benefit to the community as a whole, beyond the aspirations of a single organisation/group, and; sufficient funds are available to support an award. 

  • Can I apply for more than the normal maximum grant amount?

    Applications for more than £3,000 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 wide range of groups or towards a project that provides lasting benefit to disadvantaged people and/or to residents of more than one community. Those wishing to apply for more than £3,000 are advised to call the Fund Co-ordinator (contact details below) to discuss their application before submitting. 

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

    The Fund provides for a micro-grant scheme that offers grants of up to £250 to individuals or informal groups for charitable projects or activities that will benefit the community. Due to the small amount of money available under this scheme, the Community Council has decided that constituted groups cannot apply for a micro-grant but must instead apply to the main Corriemoillie Wind Farm Community Fund (Strathpeffer).  
    The micro-grant scheme is operated by Strathpeffer Community Council. Contact them for more information and to apply for a micro-grant.  

How to apply

Complete the online application form.   Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by the application deadline. 

If you have any problems accessing the form, please email communitybenefit@foundationscotland.org.uk or call 0131 524 0324 and we can help.

Contact information

Contact name

Marion McDonald, Community Funds Coordinator

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