Annandale and Nithsdale

Community Benefit Company


Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC) is funded by ScottishPower Renewables community benefit fund for Harestanes wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway.  The fund primarily supports projects located within or directly benefiting one or more of 42 community council areas in Annandale and Nithsdale as detailed below.

ANCBC is a company limited by guarantee with a voluntary Board of twelve directors elected from the membership. Members are nominated by each of the community councils.

The fund  began grant making in 2015. It is anticipated that an annual amount of £300,000 will be paid into the fund for the operating life of the wind farm.Foundation Scotland manages the grant-making process on behalf of the company and supports the ANCBC board.

Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the following areas can apply to the fund. Your group must have a constitution (a governing document or set of rules) and be set up on a not for profit basis. It does not need to be a registered charity to apply.

East, West or South Community Council Community Council Community Council
East Lockerbie Kirkmichael Eskdalemuir
  Moffat Kirkpatrick- Juxta Johnstone
  Templand Lochmaben and District Wamphray
  North Milk    
South Dalton & Currutherstown Heathall Royal Four Towns
  Holywood/Newbridge Irongray Georgetown
  Tinwald Lochside and Woodlands Loreburn
  Terregles Torthorwald Troqueer
  Mouswald Corrberry and Laurieknowe Kingholm Quay
  Lincluden Locharbriggs Ryedale
  St. Michaels Summerville and Stakeford  
West Auldgirth Carronbridge Closeburn
  Dunscore Glencairn Keir
  Kirkmahoe Penpont Thornhill
  Tynron Durisdeer Ae

Making A Difference

ANCBC will support charitable activities that support the rural regeneration and sustainability of communities within the area of benefit. Awards can support a wide range of costs and activities including equipment, running costs for local groups, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities and capital costs to purchase or develop community assets.

Applications which address any of the following issues are particularly welcome:

  • Community facilities, services, rural transport, affordable housing, community development

  • Community or local events

  • Environmental projects

  • Heritage

  • Skills, employment, tourism, reducing poverty and disadvantage, improving rural business opportunities, building the capacity of community and voluntary organisations, supporting innovation and social enterprise

  • Sport, recreation and improving the health of residents

  • Youth and education, tackling out migration of young people, achieving parity with national educational attainment levels

  • Promoting care and support of vulnerable people; improving community safety.


The Fund is now open for applications again.  Dates are as follows:

Application Deadline


11th March 2019

May 2019

4th August 2019

September 2019

2nd December 2019

February 2020





How to Apply

Please visit the ANCBC website for details of how to apply 



Latest Grants

Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust

  • To contribute to the continuing employment of a Project Manager, diversion of a footpath through a new plantation; and other improvements.
  • Amount Awarded £12,500

Dumfries Y Gymnastics

  • To purchase new gymnastics apparatus and heaters and to contribute to staffing costs.
  • Amount Awarded £20,000

Hub Dumfries and Galloway

  • To provide monthly logs and kindling for vulnerable older people in rural communities.
  • Amount Awarded £19,798

Include Us

  • To contribute to the costs of employing a part time Project Manager for three years.
  • Amount Awarded £19,500

KPT Development Trust

  • To contribute to the salary costs of a new Development Officer.
  • Amount Awarded £14,479

Lochmaben Tennis Club

  • To contribute to the cost of installing floodlights.
  • Amount Awarded £5,000

Nith Valley Leaf Trust

  • To contribute to the costs of buying land and building three passivhaus homes to be made available at an affordable rent to local families.
  • Amount Awarded £15,000

Solway Sk8ing Club

  • To contribute towards competition costs for the synchronized skating teams.
  • Amount Awarded £5,000

Speddoch Community Association

  • To purchase tables and chairs for the Hall.
  • Amount Awarded £4,750

Spinal Injuries Scotland

  • To employ a Peer Support Advisor for 10 hours per week for 1 year to work within Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Amount Awarded £5,722
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