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Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund (Cardenden)

Grant size Up to £2,000
Key dates  
Application Deadline: 08/03/24
Decisions: April 2024
Application Deadline: 06/09/24
Decisions: October 2024

About this fund

Ventient Energy Westfield Wind Farm Community Fund (Cardenden) can support community projects benefiting residents of the Cardenden 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 Benarty. 

The Fund was opened in 2014.  An annual amount of £9,375, inflation-adjusted, is paid into the fund each year for the operating life of the wind farm, which is expected to be 25 years.

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

The fund is overseen by a panel of residents and community councillors. The panel helps to promote the fund locally and advises on grant awards. Panel members bring a range of experience and knowledge to ensure the fund is spent in line with the fund priorities and in a way that meets local need. 

Purpose of this fund

The fund provides grants to support charitable activities that:

  • Enhance 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, but this is not an exhaustive list. 

Applications for projects that contribute to the aims of the Cardenden Community Action Plan are 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 Adviser (see below) to discuss your proposed project before completing the application.

Who can apply?

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the Cardenden 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 Cardenden area makes decisions on grants awarded. The Cardenden Community Fund Panel also advises on fund strategy. It has up to nine members; four of these are appointed by Cardenden Community Council the remaining members are selected from the wider community.

The Panel aims to represent a range of interests and sectors of Cardenden residents.

Panel members are expected to serve for two to four 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, smaller grants are available under a microgrant scheme operated by the Cardenden Community Council. This can provide grants for charitable activities to groups and individuals. Please contact the Community Council directly for further details or visit their website - see Useful Links below. here. You can apply for a microgrant at any time.

How to apply

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

If you would like to review the questions you will be asked to answer before starting the form, you can see them here.

If you have any problems accessing the form, please email or call 0131 524 0300 and we can help.

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

For criteria and fund priority enquiries

Rachel Searle, Head of Communities & Impact

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