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

In its first two years the fund has made awards to 37 projects totalling £245,522.  You can read a detailed report of  all the Fund activity here  or a short summary here 

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 

Mid - late May

27th September

Mid - late 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 Dance Group

  • To contribute to the cost of staging a production of Hansel and Gretel to involve the entire group, including costumes, hall hire, scenery and lighting.
  • Amount awarded: £1,600

Loch Fyne Pipe Band

  • To replace drumheads and snares.
  • Amount awarded: £960

Dunadd Community Enterprise

  • To purchase high-vis vests and signage for volunteer community litter collection teams and defibrillator.
  • Amount awarded: £2,176.42

Mid Argyll Youth Development Services

  • To contribute to the Manager's salary costs.
  • Amount awarded: £15,000

Kilmartin Museum

  • To contribute to the renovation of the Museum cafe.
  • Amount awarded: £25,000

Dochas Fund

  • To support the befrienders scheme, including Co-ordinator salary costs, staff/volunteer mileage, training, insurance, social events and overheads.
  • Amount awarded: £8,050

Minard Community Trust

  • To carry out works to improve drainage between the hall and the car park.
  • Amount awarded: £10,217

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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