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Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund (Benarty)

Grant size Up to £2,000
Area
Fife
Key dates  
Application deadline: 11/02/22
Applicants notified in: April
Application deadline: 12/08/22
Applicants notified in: October

About this fund

Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund (Benarty) can support community projects benefitting those living in the Benarty Community Council area. This charitable fund is provided by Westfield Wind Farm Limited (WWFL), the owner and operators of the Westfield wind farm in Fife. WWFL is a subsidiary of Ventient Energy and also provides funds to the neighbouring communities of Kinglassie and Cardenden. 

Since opening in 2014, an annual amount is paid into the fund for the wind farm's operating life, which is expected to be 25 years. This sum is adjusted for inflation, and in 2020 £10,950 was received.

Grant size: £250 - £2,000. See below for exceptions.
 

Purpose of this fund

The fund provides grants to support charitable activities that:

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

Grant requests to support a wide range of costs and activities will be considered e.g. equipment costs, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional workers, consultations and maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities and more. 

Grant requests for projects aligned with priorities identified in the Benarty Community Action Plan would be particularly welcome (see 'Useful links' below).  

Additional criteria

There is a limit of one application per year from any group or organisation, however, that application may include costs towards a number of different projects.

Applications for grants above the maximum stated above may be considered where the applicant demonstrates a significant impact. If you wish to apply for more than the maximum stated above, please contact the Fund Coordinator (see below) to discuss your proposed project before completing the application.

There is a limit of one application per year from any group or organisation, however, that application may include costs towards a number of different projects.

Applications for grants above the maximum stated above may be considered where the applicant demonstrates a significant impact. If you wish to apply for more than the maximum stated above, please contact the Community Funds Adviser (see below) to discuss your proposed project before completing the application.

Who can apply?

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the Benarty Community Council area can apply. Your organisation must meet our standard eligibility criteria

You don’t need to be a registered charity to apply but must be set up to operate on a not-for-profit basis. The Panel particularly welcomes applications from groups that haven’t previously applied to the fund. 

What can’t be funded?

Information on what the fund cannot support is provided here.

How are decisions made?

A local panel of people aged 16 or over who live, work or volunteer in the Benarty area makes recommendations on grants awarded from the fund. The Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund Benarty Panel also advises on fund strategy. The panel can have up to nine members and comprises: 

  • two representatives appointed by the Benarty Community Council 
  • two representatives appointed by the Benarty Community Forum
  • the local Community Education Worker
  • a representative of the local primary schools 
  • up to four members who are appointed from the wider community. 

Panel members are expected to serve for two to three years.  If you would like to find out more about joining the panel, please contact the Community Funds Adviser.  

Minutes of the latest Panel meetings are available on request from the Community Funds Adviser. Contact details can be found below. More information on the award making process is available here.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I apply for a small grant, under £250?

    Yes, grants up to £250 are available under a micro-grant scheme operated by the Benarty Community Council. This can provide grants for charitable activities to groups and individuals. Please contact Benarty Community Council directly for further details - see Useful Links below.

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 grants@foundationscotland.org.uk or call 0131 524 0300 and we can help.

Contact information

Contact name

Rachel Goater, Community Funds Adviser

Useful links

Fund case studies

Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund (Benarty).

This includes how a grant of £2,000 provided young people in Benarty with new opportunities to develop, thrive and lead healthier, safer lives through off-road motorcycle activities including coaching to competition standard and workshop-based learning.

View case studies
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