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Middle Balbeggie Wind Farm Education & Training Fund

Grant size Up to £500
Key dates  
Deadline: Apply at any time

About this fund

The Middle Balbeggie Wind Farm Education & Training Fund (MBET Fund) supports residents living in the Thornton Community Council area who wish to engage in study or training.  The fund is provided by Middle Balbeggie Wind Limited, the wind farm operator at Middle Balbeggie.  

The fund opened in 2017 and provides up to £12,000 annually to support local people aged 16 and over to engage with vocational education and training opportunities.  The annual amount available to the fund will be reviewed periodically but could continue for the wind farm's operating lifetime, which is expected to be 25 years.

Purpose of this fund

The MBET Fund provides grants to help local people with vocational education and training opportunities to increase their skills and enable access to a wider range of employment opportunities.  Funding can be used to cover part or all of the course fee, travel costs, essential equipment such as books or IT equipment, childcare and subsistence.

Additional criteria

There is no restriction on the sector or subject chosen. The important thing is that you are committed to completing the study and showing how it will help you realise your employment ambitions.

Preference is given to requests for courses and training provided in Fife, but this does not exclude consideration of other proposals.  

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from anyone who is:

  • Aged 16 and over
  • A resident in Thornton 
  • On (or applying for) a further education or training course to develop skills and employability.

What can’t be funded?

Information on what the fund cannot support is provided here

Costs for high school pupils to attend external college courses are not eligible.

How are decisions made?

Foundation Scotland will review your application and may contact you for further information.  It is then passed to a community panel of four people who live, work or volunteer in Thornton and advise all funding decisions.  The result will be sent to you by email.  

Frequently asked questions

  • What type of course can the funding be used for?

    MBET grants can be used to attend vocational courses that will help develop your skills and improve your employment prospects.  The study or training can be at a college, university or private training provider.  Both long courses of a year or more and short courses are eligible.  They can be full or part-time.

    Below are some examples of situations we can help with.

    • Joe has had a few labouring jobs since leaving school but nothing long-term.  Now he’s seen an ad for agency driving jobs but needs a 1-week course to gain a class-2 HGV licence.
    • Jacqui is excited to have been offered a place at university.  Her course is in the central belt so it makes sense to move but she is anxious about the costs involved.
    • Dave’s being made redundant next month.  He’s heard of a warehouse job… all he needs is a 3-day fork-lift ticket.
    • Margaret had a job in admin before starting her family.  She needs to update her computer skills at an evening class to help her get back to work.
  • How much can I apply for?

    Grants are up to £500. The amount of grant you apply for will depend on the course you want to do and the other expenses you will have. You can apply for all or part of the course fees if these are not going to be paid from another source e.g. SAAS, your employer or the Council. Grants can also cover travel costs, essential equipment such as books or IT equipment, childcare and subsistence.


  • When can I apply?

    The Fund is open to applications at any time, there are no deadlines. 

  • How will I receive the grant if my application is successful?

    If your application is approved you will receive an email with details of the grant being offered.  Please read this and confirm by email that you accept.  If the grant is to help cover the course fees it may be paid directly to your training provider.  In all other cases it will be paid to your bank account.  We will ask for a copy of your bank statement or pay-in slip to verify your bank account details.  If you do not have a bank account you can still apply but let us know in the application.  

  • Do I need to do anything after I have received a grant?

    Yes, we will ask you to let us know how you got on with your course and whether the grant has helped you find work that suits you.  You will be sent a short form to fill in and return.  We always appreciate help to spread the word about the fund to other people in Thornton and may contact you about how you can contribute.

  • I receive other financial support, can I still apply?

    Yes, but please provided details of other grants, bursaries and student loans.  The Fund does not apply a personal ‘means test’ but if we receive more applications than we can support, we may use this information to help us make a fair decision.

How to apply

Please apply below.  If you have any problems accessing the form please email or call 0131 524 0300.

Completed applications must have all supporting documents submitted before they will be processed.  You may be contacted to discuss your application and clarify any issues.  

Contact information

Contact name

Rachel Goater, Community Funds Adviser

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