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Whiteside Hill Education and Training Fund

Grant size Up to £1,500
Dumfries and Galloway
Key dates  
Opens: Applications are welcome at any time.

About this fund

This fund provides bursaries to residents of the Kirkconnel & Kelloholm and Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District Community Council areas to help them access training and education opportunities that better equip them with the range of skills needed to enter or retain employment. The fund is provided by Whiteside Hill Wind Farm Community Fund

The maximum award is:

  • First time applicants: up to £1,500
  • Second time applicants: up to £1,000
  • Any further applications: up to £300 per year.

Similarly, if your course runs over several years, any award will be capped at:

  • First year of study: up to £1,500 
  • Second year of study: up to £1,000 
  • Any further year of study: up to £300 per year

Purpose of this fund

The Whiteside Hill Education & Training Fund is to improve the opportunities and livelihoods of people living in Kirkconnel & Kelloholm and Sanquhar & District. Courses leading to formal or recognised qualifications will be favoured. However, other courses will be considered where you can demonstrate how the skills and knowledge gained will realistically support you in securing or retaining work. 

Courses supported can be on a full time or part-time basis and may be: Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, Foundation Apprenticeships, SVQs, NCs, HNCs, HNDs, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate qualifications (excl. PhDs), short vocational courses and other courses that meet the fund purpose. 

Additional criteria

Awards can cover costs that are directly related to attending your course or apprenticeship, including:

  • Course fees, where these costs cannot be waived or funded through any other means
  • Study aids and equipment e.g., laptops, software, stationery
  • Technical aids/equipment e.g., specialist clothing relating to the course, tools, other specialist equipment.
  • Travel and subsistence costs e.g., bus, train or petrol, meals etc.
  • Accommodation costs 
  • Childcare costs to allow you to study
  • Driving lessons and driving theory test (where the course is distant from your residence and public transport is not viable).

You must provide information on the full costs that you need to meet in relation to the course. For example, if you are a first-time applicant taking a week-long course that costs £400, you will only be able to apply for £400 plus related travel & subsistence. And if you receive funding from elsewhere, for example, £100 towards the course fees, you will only be able to apply for £300.

Study location:
We recognise that the fund area has limited further education opportunities. However any course being undertaken locally will be looked upon more favourably than a course that requires you to leave the area. By local, we would generally mean south and central Scotland.

If you are applying for costs linked with an Apprenticeship arrangement you must be employed within the Fund area. 

Who can apply?

  • The fund is open to individuals aged 16 or over and living in the Kirkconnel & Kelloholm or the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District Community Council areas. 
  • Your application must be for the purpose of increasing your employment potential. 
  • Apprentices can apply for costs that cannot be claimed back from their employer or another source.

What can’t be funded?

  • You cannot apply for funding for any costs incurred before a decision can be made on your application (retrospective funding). 
  • We will not fund training or equipment that your employer should be providing for you or that is necessary for you to carry out your current job. 
  • Apprentices cannot apply for any cost that can be claimed back from their employer or another source. 

How are decisions made?

Foundation Scotland will review your application and may contact you for further information.  It is then passed to a community board of Trustees of the Upper Nithsdale Community Trust who advise on all funding decisions.  The result will be sent to you by email.

Frequently asked questions

  • When should I apply?

    You should apply as soon as you are sure that you are going to take the course and have been accepted onto it. We will normally respond to your application between six and eight weeks after the application deadline. Please tell us about any important dates relating to your course, for example, registration or start date, or the date for a decision about any other funding towards it. If you need a response sooner than this, please get in touch with us as soon as you can. We will do our best to turn your application around in good time.

  • What evidence do I need to provide?

    This will depend on the course you are looking to take. Some may need to be provided to us along with your application (as set out in the application form), some periodically through the term of your award and some upon completion of your course. Examples include:

    • Your offer letter or confirmation of a place on the course.
    • A copy of your attendance record or statement by someone from the educational institution confirming you have been attending regularly, and
    • A copy of your qualification certificate.

    You may not have these documents at the time of application but will need to provide them when you can. Evidence of expenditure (receipts or invoices) will not be required as a matter of course but may be requested in some circumstances, for example, if you are awarded funding to buy a laptop. Please keep any relevant receipts for up to 12 months.

  • How likely am I to get this award?

    If the fund is oversubscribed then we may not be able to offer an award to every applicant, or we may not be able to award everyone the full amount requested.

  • What are my responsibilities?

    If you are offered an award you will need to sign and return a Grant Acceptance Form. This states that you must spend the award as described in your application form. If your plans change you will need to let us know as soon as possible. It may be possible for you to retain the award, for example, if you intend to switch courses, or if you fund another training provider offering a better deal. But you must tell us your circumstances have changed in the first instance. You will also be required to provide some feedback on your experiences to demonstrate the impact of the support you received from the Fund. 

  • How is the grant award paid?

    We will pay your award to you electronically by bank transfer. You will need to provide a bank statement that shows your name, address, account number and sort code. In some cases, we can pay your education or training provider directly; if this would suit your circumstances please let us know.

How to apply

To make an application please use the link below. Completed forms should be sent to

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