Ventient  Energy Galawhistle Community Fund

About the Panel

A Community Panel makes recommendations on awards from the Galawhistle Community Fund and advises on overall Fund strategy. The Panel is governed by a Terms of Reference that has been agreed between community representatives and Foundation Scotland.

The Panel is made up of people who live, work in or actively volunteer in the area that the Fund serves and comprises a mixture of community councillors and other members of each community. One representative each is appointed directly by the community councils for Douglas (incorporating Glespin and surrounds) and for Coalburn. Each of the two communities can also appoint up to four non-community council members through an open and transparent process.

Each Panel member serves for between two and four years, with members retiring on a phased basis to ensure knowledge and expertise are retained. However, previous Panel Members may stand again. Opportunities to become a Panel member are openly advertised when these arise, both locally and on this webpage.

The Panel meets twice each year to make decisions on applications to the Fund for grant assistance.

The current Panel for the Galawhistle Community Fund is:


 Area representing

William Prentice

Coalburn (Community Council)

Jim McBain


George Smith


Morag Fleming


Lesley McCranor


John McAleer

Douglas incl. Glespin

Jim Smith

Douglas incl. Glespin

Kyle MacMillan

Douglas incl. Glespin

Henry Thompson

Douglas incl. Glespin

Minutes from Panel meetings

December 2019 (Draft)

April 2019

November 2018

April 2018

November 2017

August 2017

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