Ventient Energy Gordonstown Wind Farm Community Fund (Fyvie & Rothienorman)
|Grant size||No fixed amount|
|Decision due:||End November|
About this fund
This fund supports charitable projects that benefit people living in the Fyvie and Rothienorman sub-divisions of the Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquitter Community Council area. Ventient Gordonstown Wind Farm Community Fund is part of Ventient Energy, the Gordonstown Hill Wind Farm owner in Aberdeenshire.
The fund was established in 2013 and will be available for the operating life of the wind farm, expected to be 25 years. In 2020, the annual contribution to the fund was just over £13,500. The total available in the next round of grant making is £6011.49, and the next donation into the fund is due February 2022.
The minimum grant available from this fund is £501.
Find out more about the difference this fund is making in the latest Fund Report.
Purpose of this fund
The fund supports charitable activity that will sustain and develop the life of the community and ensure that the area is an attractive and vibrant place to live, work and visit. It does this by making grants to support the costs of relevant projects, services, and facilities.
Applications are expected to demonstrate how they contribute to the objectives set out in either the Fyvie or Rothienorman Place Standard reports or Community Action Plans; however, it is not essential that the activity is contemplated or planned in these documents. See Fyvie Community Action Plan 2017 (including Place Standard report). The Rothienorman Community Action Plan is yet to be completed.
Where possible and as appropriate, applications should demonstrate how they meet the following additional criteria:
- Match funding: that other possible funding sources for the project have been explored. 100% funding will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances.
- Local procurement: Local suppliers will be used to provide goods and services, where appropriate (e.g. in terms of quality of products/services available) and feasible (in terms of availability and cost). The meaning of ‘local’ will vary depending on the nature and availability of the item/service in question. In some cases, it could be taken to mean Formartine and the surrounding area, but in others, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire or indeed the North East of Scotland might be most appropriate.
- Sustainable development: that consideration has been given to helping achieve sustainable development, including minimising the environmental impact of projects and reducing the applicant’s ‘carbon footprint’.
- Local consultation: The applicant has consulted an appropriate number of the project's intended beneficiaries and can demonstrate they are supportive of the proposal. The applicant has consulted other community groups where appropriate.
- Partnership working: The applicant has considered whether delivering the proposed project in partnership with other organisations or groups will add value (financial, capability, or other). This could involve working with voluntary, private or public sector bodies that operate at a local, regional or national level.
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.
Who can apply?
Groups, businesses and organisations working to benefit people living in any of the Fyvie or Rothienorman can apply for a grant. Your group or organisation must also meet our standard eligibility criteria. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply.
Private businesses can also apply where the proposed project fits with the charitable aims of the fund, provides significant public benefit, cannot be funded from the business's own funds, and where any private benefit arising from the grant would be incidental.
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 Sub-Group appointed by the Fyvie, Rothienorman & Monquhitter Community Council, which has delegated powers. The Sub-group also guides the overall strategy for the fund.
The Sub-Group comprises elected members of the Community Council from the sub-divisions of Fyvie and Rothienorman, three from Fyvie and three from Rothienorman. Each member serves for a maximum of three years, with members retiring on a phased basis to ensure knowledge and expertise are retained. Members are eligible for re-nomination by the Community Council.
Current Sub-group members:
|Peter Ridout||Brenda Potts|
|Bill Miaziak||Nicola Davidson|
The Sub-Group meets to make decisions on applications twice each year, in May/June and October/November. Minutes of the latest panel meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Coordinator. Their contact details can be found below.
More information on the award making process is available here.
Applicants will only be entitled to one award per year. An applicant may make more than one application in any fund year (30 March to 29 March each year) but only one award can be made. Repeat applications for the same activity will not normally be funded.
In some cases, there may be one main organisation or group that operates various sub-groups that provide for different activities. The panel will accept separate applications from sub-groups where these are for clearly differentiated activities or projects. However, in some circumstances, a single application with separately itemised project costs may be a more straightforward approach.
There is no maximum award size, however, applicants are asked to bear in mind the value of the annual donation to the fund. If you are considering applying for a grant of more than £5,000, please contact Foundation Scotland (contact details below) before doing so.
The fund provides for a micro-grant scheme that offers grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups for charitable projects or activities that will benefit any of the three communities. The scheme is operated by Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter Community Council. Contact them for further information and details of how to apply for a micro-grant (see Useful links below).
The sub-group decided at its meeting in November 2020 that travel costs for outings or trips can be funded.
Chris Lee, Community Funds Coordinator
- Help for applicants
- Fyvie Community Action Plan 2017 (including Place Standard report)
- For microgrants, please contact Fyvie, Rothienorma & Monqhuitter Community Council
- For advice on running your group or project contact:
- Ventient Energy
- Evidencing value for money
- Other Gordonstown Funds
Fund case studies
Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Ventient Gordonstown Community Fund (Fyvie & Rothienorman).
This includes a grant made to the Rothienorman Community Association to help purchase a small tractor with a snowplough and gritter hopper. This helped to maintain the green spaces and public footpaths all year round, and improve local safety by clearing snow and ice from pavements around the village and local sheltered housing.