Ventient Energy A'Chruach Community Fund


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



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

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.




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


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)



 There are two funding rounds in 2018.

Closing date

Panel Decision dates

30th March 

mid May

28 September

mid 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.



Latest Grants

Mid Argyll Youth Development Services

  • To contribute to salary of the Executive Admin/youth worker post.
  • Amount awarded: £5,000

Multiple Sclerosis Centre Mid Argyll

  • TTo upgrade and develop the group's hyperbaric chamber, thereby increasing the number of people the group could work with each week.
  • Amount awarded: £20,000

Mid Argyll Community Enterprises Ltd

  • To support salary, training, and admin costs for employing modern apprentices and part-time lifeguards.
  • Amount awarded: £24,602

Lochgilphead Soccer Centre

  • To contribute to the cost of equipment, training kit, coach training, and participation in football festivals.
  • Amount awarded: £4,900

Dochas Fund

  • To develop the Fund’s counselling services through contributing to the cost of employing a co-ordinator and to fund staff expenses and overheads.
  • Amount awarded: £18,870

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

  • To carry out repairs to the barn and compost toilet.
  • Amount awarded: £5,000

Blarbuie Woodland Enterprise

  • To carry out maintenance and upgrade woodland paths.
  • Amount awarded: £2,000

All Grants

Click here to see a list of all our grants

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