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Langhope Rig Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

Grant size Up to £20,000
Scottish Borders
Key dates  
Application deadline: 07/01/22
Panel meeting: 09/03/22
Application deadline: 17/06/22
Panel meeting: 04/08/22

About this fund

The Langhope Rig Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund supports community projects benefitting those living in the areas of Ettrick & Yarrow, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk & Midlem, Upper Teviotdale and Borthwick Water, Hawick and Denholm & District. 

The fund is provided by Greencoat UK Wind, the owners of the Langhope Rig Wind Farm located near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.  It opened in 2014. An annual amount of £80,000, rising in line with inflation, will be paid into the fund for the operating life of the wind farm.  In 2020, the annual contribution to the fund was just over £98,000.

The fund comprises of two sub-funds.

  • Sub-fund A operates as a single, joint fund which supports groups and organisations delivering projects and services across the three community council areas of Ettrick Yarrow, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk Midlem, Upper Teviotdale and Borthwick Water. Grant Size:From £1,000 - £20,000
  • Sub-fund B includes the above three community council areas and also Hawick and Denholm & District. Each of the five community councils is responsible for fund distribution locally within their own community council area. Please contact the individual community councils for further information.

Purpose of this fund

The fund will provide grants to support charitable activities that:

  • Encourage community activity and promote community spirit
  • Ensure adequate access to services for all community members
  • Improve local transport infrastructure
  • Build the local economy
  • Build community capacity and cohesion between groups 
  • Develop or maintain community assets.

Grant requests to support a wide range of costs and activities will be considered, such as equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, and maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities etc. For revenue projects, there is no guarantee of ongoing support. The fund encourages groups to be working towards being self-sustaining where possible.

Additional criteria

Applications for grants of over £20,000 can be considered where an application is for a strategic project. This means a project that would be delivered over more than one year, or a collaborative project that brings benefits to people across all three community council areas.  Those wishing to apply for more than £20,000 are advised to call the fund administrator (contact details below) to discuss their application in the first instance.

Who can apply?

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in any of the eligible communities can apply.  Your group/organisation must meet our standard eligibility criteria. You do not need to be registered charity to apply.

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?

A Community Panel, made up of people who live, work or volunteer in the three communities, makes recommendations on grant awards from sub fund A. 

The Panel has up to nine members.  It is made up of people who live in the area that the fund covers and comprises a mixture of community councillors and other members of the community.  

Each Panel member serves between of one and four years, with members retiring on a phased basis to ensure knowledge and expertise are retained. Opportunities to become a Panel member are openly advertised when these arise, both locally and on this website, and are selected through a fair and transparent process. Previous Panel members may stand again. 

The current Panel is:

  • Tricia Hunter, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk and Midlem
  • Tony Clay, Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk and Midlem
  • Steve Watson, Upper Teviotdale & Borthwick Water
  • Alison Barker, Upper Teviotdale & Borthwick Water
  • Ian Monteith, Ettrick and Yarrow
  • Jim Bradshaw, Ettrick and Yarrow
  • Miranda Alcock, Ettrick and Yarrow

The Panel meets twice each year, in March and August. Minutes are available from the Community Funds Adviser (please see details below).

More information on the award making process is available here.

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 or call 01557 814927 and we can help.

Frequently asked questions

Contact information

Contact name

Sam Bramwell, Community Funds Adviser

Fund case studies

Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Langhope Rig Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

This includes Borders Youth Theatre who received funding to carry out an intergenerational project in Reston.

View case studies