Ventient Energy A'Chruach Community Fund

Background

The A’Chruach Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, the owner of the A’Chruach Wind Farm in Argyll & Bute. The Fund supports community projects benefitting those living in one or more of the following community council areas – West Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead

Aim

The Fund supports positive change by investing in a wide range of inspirational, community-led activity that is strategic, positive and creative and helps create a legacy of lasting impact. The Fund will do this by making grants to support the costs of relevant projects, services and facilities.

Applications are expected to address one or more of the following outcomes 

  • Advance rural regeneration though increasing opportunities for enterprise and vocational training 

  • Enhance infrastructure including affordable housing, transport, broadband, community-owned property and access routes. 

  • Establish new community services and seek to improve or expand existing services, particularly with regard to young people and the elderly. 

  • Develop and improve community facilities 

  • Enhancing leisure facilities and to develop and expand tourism and leisure opportunities. 

  • Capacity building for new and existing community organisations to help achieve the other priorities.

Making A Difference

The Fund’s purpose and priorities were informed by a process of community action planning that happened in each community over the winter of 2015/16.

West Loch Fyne
Dunadd
Lochgilphead

Going forward, the Panel is keen to try and ensure that applicants consider how their project will contribute to any of these particular village themes/priorities.

Dunadd

Lochgilphead

West Loch Fyne

Develop an anchor community organisation

Community facilities for all ages

Tourism and leisure

Tourism development

Tourism and leisure

Community facilities and activities for all ages

Enterprise development

Enterprise

Develop community services

Ownership of assets and investing in existing groups

Enhance the local infrastructure (waterfront, access for disabled people)

Enhance local infrastructure (affordable housing, paths)

Activities for younger residents

   

Enhance the local infrastructure (paths, housing, energy, community space)

   

Timescales

 There are two funding rounds in 2019.

Closing date

Panel Decision dates

29th March 

May

27th  September

November 

 

How to Apply

Please read the fund factsheet before downloading the application form  

If you wish to enquire about a large grant please contact Foundation Scotland.

 

Grants

Latest Grants

Mid Argyll Community Enterprises

  • To fund architect fees to progress the group's project to redevelop its buildings following the purchase of land adjacent to the existing facility.
  • Amount awarded: £17,600

Lochgilphead Golf Club

  • To purchase a ride on mower for maintaining the course green.
  • Amount awarded: £2,500

Dunadd Community Enterprise

  • To engage a self-employed Development Officer to conduct a feasibility study, identify funding streams and produce a business plan for the running of the old church building as a community facility.
  • Amount awarded: £20,600

Lochgilphead Soccer Centre

  • To fund membership of the Coerver Partner Club Programme for 2019 and 2020, providing specialist coaching to both children and coaches.
  • Amount awarded: £5,000

Heads Up Mid Argyll

  • To contribute to the group’s running costs including staff wages, sessional worker costs and transport for regular outings.
  • Amount awarded: £3,625

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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